IGN took down the review and is now investigating.
Conclusion: 24 hours later, IGN’s editor was fired for plagariam and Boomstick subscription count tripled. Kotaku published more evidence of plagarism, the same IGN’s editor also copied Nintendo Life’s FIFA 18 review.
Update: IGN is in talk with Boomstick for compensation based on AD revenue.
Update 2: official IGN’s statement on the Dead Cells review investigation:
Heh, “inspired” yeah that sounds a lot like straight up plagiarism. Potentially the best thing that’ll ever happen for Boomstick, this’ll get him a lot of views and new viewers I hope. 13417 subscribers at this moment, lets see if it climbs over the next couple of days.
I think the popularity of the game is what IGN is banking on for more views and site visits, and not the other way around. I think Dead Cells is getting plenty of coverage, coming out of Early Access yesterday and all. I think Dead Cells was in the Washington Post… let me see…
I would encourage anyone to listen to the whole playlist, by the way, I am always sad there’s not a broadway video production of this musical that was fairly short-lived, and I just have to listen to the recordings, but that’s okay…