Bungie hires the Destiny subreddit founder

    
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Who says that Reddit rots your brain? Not Chris “Cozmo23” Shannon, who parlayed his position as the founder of Destiny’s subreddit into a position as Bungie’s newest community manager. Shannon’s hiring seemingly signals Bungie’s desire to pay more attention to Destiny’s community, a fact driven home by the words of another company CM, David “DeeJ” Dague.

“When it comes to acknowledging the important things you say or celebrating the awesome things you do, we barely scratch the surface,” Dague said in reference to Destiny’s community.

Source: Bungie; Via: Polygon
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Dobablo
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agemyth 
For a recruiter, fan communities are a great source of talent because they more information about an individual and what they are capable of doing than any extended interview or appraisal.

For a fan, those community sites are a fantastic opportunity to show the work that they can do. For many industry outsiders they are the only possible way that they could express their interest and abilitys.

To cut off such a great source for potentially unutilised talent would be a great loss for everyone. People are not hired for being a sycophant but because they have demonstrated the ability to do the job.

Ultimately there are a whole host of reasons why fan community owners might be trying to say nice things about a game company (fanboi, feeling like an insider, want early information/interviews or goodies). Just add wants a job to the list of things to be aware of when reading and interpreting anything that might be being said. It’s been the same thing about journalist, analysts, lobbyists, critics and any job that involves commentating on the actions of others.

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Nordavind

Dear Destiny,

I always intended to play you, I liked the style and concept and game play. I was just going to do some stuff first. I needed to roam a bit, you know? But last night I found Skyforge. So I do not think it will be you and I.

xoxo
Nord

Flimflamberge
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DPandaren agemyth 
I won’t deny there’s room for fiascos. There’s room for fiascos even without connections, but at least those connections can facilitate good things as well. :)

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Flimflamberge agemyth True, but even then. It’s a very shaky ground to be on. The League of Legends subreddit fiasco is an example of what Agemyth is talking about. But that’s a very extreme example.

Flimflamberge
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agemyth Yes, god forbid companies hire people who are enthusiastic about them and have demonstrated their skills in such a manner.
The only way it’s a conflict of interest is if the guy still has the power to effect policy on that subreddit. Even just being on good terms with them is not a conflict.

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

Xijit WildStar, though for all I know might be this guy too.

Smiggins
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Smiggins

Not interested in this game until it has open world PVP.

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

And this is EXACTLY why all of those reddit mods are slurping up to the game companies. They’re hoping that if they suck enough ******* and mod reddit exactly according to the desires of the company, not the community, they’ll get hired.

Xijit
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Xijit

was this the guy who started banning people for talking about F2P, or was that a Wildstar mod?

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agemyth While I tend to agree with you theory, I would say we need to worry more about the same scenario and Congress/lobbyists than Reddit/Companies.