In an extremely surprising move, independent gaming site Giant Bomb has been acquired by CBS. The news, reviews and gaming wiki site was created my former GameSpot editors Jeff Gerstmann and Ryan Davis as their solution to modern, PR fueled gaming sites.
Gerstmann announced the news via online stream this morning, promising that there will be no significant changes to Giant Bomb either creatively or editorially. He insisted that this was simply the best business decision for the site, and that the extra financial support will let them evolve in ways they never could have independently. The announcement was made from Giant Bomb's web designer's dining room, where the website's staff enjoyed a healthy pancake and bacon breakfast.
The largest reason this news comes as a surprise is Gerstmann's dramatic history with Gamespot. Gerstmann was fired from the site in late 2007. It was rumored that Eidos Interactive pressured GameSpot to remove him after he gave Kane & Lynch: Dead Men a "Fair" rating, a game which Eidos had heavily advertised on the site. It was this termination that led to a number of GameSpot staff leaving to start Giant Bomb. With the acquisition, Giant Bomb's staff will be moving back into GameSpot's offices.
Perhaps in order to counter potential backlash from fans due to Giant Bomb's return to GameSpot, Gerstmann will be performing an interview at 4:00 this afternoon, where he explains the situation that led to his termination. The interview may be streamed live, or will otherwise be made available on both sites.
Giant Bomb was voted one of the Top 50 websites of 2011 by Time Magazine, and is widely known for their Quick Looks and their podcast: The Giant BombCast.