Ethics Statement

The purpose of this document is to establish the ethics of NintenCity. Below are how NintenCity and its staff respond to conduct, review scores, conflict, sources, corrections, advertising, giveaways, professional appearances, and product samples for reviews.

CONDUCT:

NintenCity and its staff do not accept travel or accommodations (including rental cars, flights or hotel rooms) from companies we cover. If NintenCity reviews a game at a publisher-sponsored event, that information will be disclosed in said review.

Any and all writers for NintenCity will not accept gifts (including food and drinks) in excess of $50 in value.

Members of the NintenCity staff are permitted to back video game Kickstarter campaigns to acquire the game or hardware. No disclosure is needed if the minimum level was purchased. If a staff member did purchase a higher tier beyond the minimum to obtain the item, such information will be disclosed in the appropriate content. NintenCity does not, as an organization, back video game campaigns, even when campaigns are reported.

REVIEW SCORES:

NintenCity will never discuss review scores with publishers or developers before publishing.

If necessary, NintenCity will adjust its assessment of games and hardware over the life of such products. Any and all changes will be transparent and explained with an update tag. This will be done at the discretion of NintenCity writers and editors as necessary.

The official contact for review copies of games will go through review@nintencity.com. If you wish to contact us about sending a review copy, do so through that email address. David Van Komen (david@nintencity.com), James Peterson (james@nintencity.com), Jordan McNeal (jordan@nintencity.com), and Skylar DeWeese (skylar@nintencity.com) are the only authorized members of staff to respond to these emails.

CONFLICT:

Unless specifically mentioned on a writer’s profile page with prior approval, NintenCity staff members do not cover companies (1) in which they have a financial investment, (2) that have employed them previously, or (3) employ the writer’s spouse, partner, or another person with whom the writer has a close relationship. When a NintenCity contributor or staff member has affiliations of prior employment experience that would represent a material conflict of interest with their reporting, that information will be disclosed in context or footnotes of that piece.

NintenCity staff members are permitted to contribute to Patreon campaigns for members of the video game industry, but they must disclose the details of such contributions on their staff profile. They must also disclose that information on any related coverage that they write or produce for the site.

SOURCES:

NintenCity, as a policy, does not pay sources. On rare occasions, NintenCity may establish a contract with another source as a co-creator of content, whether it be written, auditory, or visual content. Anonymous sources must prove their identity to NintenCity to be cited in a story. NintenCity and its editors promise to protect the identity of all sources.

CORRECTIONS:

It is policy at NintenCity to provide the most accurate information in all posts. If something is inaccurate, NintenCity writers and staffers may make edits to reflect the correct information. Inaccurate stories will only be updated, never removed.

ADVERTISING:

Advertisements are the main source of revenue on NintenCity. NintenCity typically uses Google Adwords for serving ad space. NintenCity does not claim responsibility for ads that appear, as many of them are customized due to the viewer’s history across the Internet. If a company wishes to purchase ad space on our site, they should contact us at contact@nintencity.com or through our Contact Page.

NintenCity does not accept money or other considerations from companies as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavorable, on NintenCity. All reviews, opinion pieces, and editorial content published on NintenCity are based on editorial discretion, and not based on the desire of any company, advertiser, or PR firm. Advertisers don’t ask NintenCity to cover their products, and NintenCity doesn’t comment on their ads. Policies on NintenCity do not permit placements of advertorial on the website. NintenCity’s staff works to make sure all advertisements or “infomercials” are marked clearly as advertisements on NintenCity.

NintenCity’s website may [also] contain affiliate marketing links, which means NintenCity may be paid commission on sales of those products or services discussed and written about.

NintenCity is part of the Amazon Affiliate Program and will periodically link to their content and receive a small commission. NintenCity is to be considered independent from Amazon.

NintenCity is also part of the Target Affiliate Program, and will occasionally link to products on Target.com for a small commission fee. NintenCity is to be considered independent from Target.

All editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships.

GIVEAWAYS:

NintenCity will, from time to time, conduct contests and giveaways for readers. Rules will be posted for each contest, which will be binding on contestants who decide to participate. Giveaways of any products are not, and should never be considered, endorsements of the companies involved or their products.

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES:

If a member of the NintenCity staff is asked to appear in a professional capacity as experts on television, news, radio, podcasts, or any other media, their appearances do not constitute an official NintenCity endorsement of any kind. This includes any products, companies, or services discussed. It is possible that NintenCity may accept reimbursement for travel expenses associated with these professional appearances (as long as the media outlet is not affiliated with any game company or other company covered by NintenCity).

PRODUCT SAMPLES FOR REVIEWS:

Companies may send games or other products or samples to editors at NintenCity in order for the staff to review such samples and determine whether a review of the product will be provided on NintenCity. We do not accept any samples on any preconditions, such as providing a review simply because the company sent a sample. In some cases, NintenCity will reach out to companies to send games or other products or samples to our writers and editors in exchange for a review or other coverage.

In some cases, NintenCity staff will reach out to companies to send games or other products or samples to the writers and editors of NintenCity in exchange for a review. In these cases, the policy on review scores still stands and the reviews will seek to be fair and accurate.

Companies may provide these samples before the product is commercially available, in which case, NintenCity may agree to an embargo with the company or its PR firm. This means that NintenCity agrees not to publish the review, publish the associated news, discuss in our podcast, or create any other content until a given time, as outlined by the embargo.

Given the small size of the NintenCity website, most reviews on this website will be done without copies or samples provided by a company. In such cases, an editor or writer will have purchased the product for themselves, or NintenCity will purchase the product for the team. If it is unclear if a review was provided by an external company, there will always be a footnote in the review stating that it was indeed given by a company for review purposes. If there is no such statement, it was purchased by the writer or NintenCity.