Know a few people who worked with the author in question and based on their previous experience with the author this is par for the course. No reason to harass/go after someone of course, but it seems like the politics come before writing/truth once again. The worst part is this just gives more ammo for people against credible writers (even at Kotaku) like Schrier and (my personal favorite) Tim Rogers and the like. There are good people under the Kotaku banner that don't always get it right, but they usually handle it way better than doubling down, blaming their editor, and then fleeing the scene. Apparently they were told not to publically respond which makes sense, but still a shame this was so terribly handled and then the site just left the unaltered article up and just went "sorry guys we made the change promise but we need the clicks and can't get this damn edit button to go through" lol.