Spanish Website Says Square Enix PR Cut Off Their Review Copies For Giving Out Low Scores

A Spanish gaming website says Square Enix will no longer send them examination copies given they allegedly handed out reduce than normal examination scores, including a 7.5/10 for a recently expelled Final Fantasy XV.


AreaJugones, a website formed in Spain that says it reaches around 700,000 people per month, pronounced in a blog post final week that they listened about this preference from a publisher Koch Media. Koch handles PR and selling for Square Enix in several European countries, including Spain.

After posting their examination of Final Fantasy XV final week, AreaJugones editor Juan Alberto Linares got a call from a Koch representative, who reportedly told him that Koch and Square would no longer send them examination copies of their games.


“The PR told me that we had scored one indicate reduction than a stream normal of Metacritic and that this harm their interests as a company,” Linares told me in an e-mail this weekend.

“I could not trust what he was saying, so when he asked for some-more explanations, he told me that we also roughly always scored his games with reduce scores than a other Spanish magazines and other Metacritic media,” Linares said. “We started articulate about scores given to other games of his code and they insist that we measure their games reduce than a other media, and this is not unequivocally true. If we measure reduce underneath their games we harm them, so we were erased from a list of media given we were going to continue spiteful them.”

Is AreaJugones unequivocally a examination measure outlier? Well, Metacritic lists a website as grading aloft than normal on 57% of their reviews. Their new reviews of other Square Enix games embody an 8.5/10 for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and a 7.8/10 for World of Final Fantasy. Also from Metacritic: “On average, this announcement grades 0.8 points reduce than other critics.”


A deputy for Square Enix did not respond to a ask for comment. When reached by Kotaku, Koch Media’s PR manager in Spain said: “We have no criticism to make on that story.”

Blacklisting has prolonged been a use used by video diversion publishers to retaliate media outlets. For decades now, we’ve seen publishers strong-arm gaming websites over examination scores, advertisements, and stating that doesn’t fit into PR teams’ heavily crafted selling plans. For smaller websites that rest on timely reviews as their vital source of traffic, losing entrance to examination copies can be a vital blow.



In new years, a many obvious box of blacklisting came from a publisher Bethesda, that motionless to cut off all contact with Kotaku in 2013 after we reported that they were building Prey and Fallout 4. (Ubisoft had also blacklisted us, though has given motionless to replenish the relationship.) For a site like Kotaku that doesn’t rest on entrance for many of the coverage, blacklisting doesn’t have many of an impact—the many irritating partial is that they won’t let us talk shining designers like Todd Howard or Harvey Smith—but it nonetheless stays a arms that publishers use to retaliate media outlets.