GAMING INDUSTRY JOURNALIST COMES UNDER FIRE.
Thomas Somach a controversial gaming industry reporter has recently come under fire for an article tying the Holocaust Museum killer, James von Brunn, to the online gambling industry. Ex-military Von Brunn, 88, was arrested last week after opening fire in the holocaust museum, killing security guard Stephen johns and injuring two others. His website, which featured anti-Semitic rants also featured a banner for online casino Casino Tropez.
The website has since been taken down but Somach’s article has stirred up a lot of anger and has been perceived as lazy and reactionary journalism. One commentator on the article had the following to say: Did you guys think of the damage this can cause the gaming industry which you guys apparently feed off? As idiots (like the one who wrote and advertised this article) who might not know the industry might think that online gaming sites are actually involved with Nazis." Another person made the following observation: "Had this dangerous fruitcake put an affiliate link to Amazon on his site, would you have 'revealed' his 'ties' to publishing? Other than embarrassing Casino Tropez and highlighting that they really should police their affiliates better, this article really just plays into the hands of those who would seize any tidbit of negativity to bash the gaming industry with. An embarrassing piece of ‘journalism'."
Nevertheless the article has caused the gaming industry to site up and take notice, seeing publicity such as this as generally harmful and seeking to avoid it in future by keeping a watchful eye over all its affiliates.