Hello VGChartz community!
It's been about a year since we last opened up applications for writing staff. With some departures and with our yearly GotY write-ups on the horizon, it's time for recruitment once again.
This time around, we’re looking primarily for review writers, although people looking to post more general feature articles are also welcome to apply. If you love to play and analyze games and/or you have a lot of fun op-ed ideas bouncing around in your head, we hope you will submit an application.
As a writer you'll have the opportunity to contribute to this site and community, gain a wider audience for your ramblings, broadcast your reviews on OpenCritic, have the potential to acquire review codes/copies ahead of launch, and also earn some money based on article traffic (please note that pay is modest; don’t go into it expecting to make a living).
A small checklist of things we’re looking for from prospective writers:
- You must be a member of VGChartz. If you don’t yet have an account please make one before applying.
- Good English is a must. We’re not looking for perfect English by any means, but you must at least have a good foundation; otherwise it will take too long to polish and edit your reviews.
- Being a critical reviewer is also a must. On OpenCritic, of the sites with more than a hundred reviews on record, we have one of the lowest average scores (6.4/10) and one of the lowest rates of game recommendations (36%). That’s a reflection of our review methodology and the sort of people we’re looking to write reviews for us.
- Be receptive to constructive criticism. All game reviews are subject to a peer-review process.
- Active on Discord (or at least willing to be). We use Discord to communicate as a team, speeding up the editing process and making it possible to plan stuff - both for the writing team and for all staff.
- Own at least one ‘active’ video game platform (i.e. PS4, NS, XOne, or PC).
If you're interested in applying to become a writer, please send an email to me, Evan Norris, at email@example.com and Craig Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line "VGChartz Writer Application" and please include the following:
- Your VGChartz username
- You Discord name & number
- A little bit about yourself
- Platforms you own (if you intend to purchase a PS5 or XSX near to launch please add these to your list)
- At least one scored review sample
The deadline to apply is 5pm ET on Friday, September 18. Good luck!
Do I need to be published to apply?
No previous professional writing experience is required.
What should a sample review look like?
Try to stick with the typical formula: an intro, a body with the meat of your argument, and a conclusion. Within that, we really just want to see your style and command of language. There’s no minimum or maximum word count (Craig hates long reviews and I tend to look for more detail when editing reviews, so try to find a healthy balance).
How are reviews assigned?
Craig, our Editor-in-Chief, posts a thread with the marquee games in a given month. Writers then post the games they wish to play, in order of preference, identifying those titles they plan to buy and those they hope to secure via review codes/copies. Games are assigned based on this process. When two or more writers request the same game, the writer who was not approved gets priority for the next conflict.
Will I be getting review copies/codes?
Sometimes, yes. Writers source their own review copies/codes. Success rate varies and depends on a number of factors, including the size of the publisher (small publishers are more likely to hand out codes) and how many codes the PR rep has to hand out.
How much time does a writer have to review a newly released game?
We have a rule that a review must be published no later than 30 days from launch in your region. We may make exceptions for longer games, like RPGs.
What is the team's review scoring scale?
Check out our scoring methodology here.
Is VGChartz on any review aggregators?
We’re featured on OpenCritic, and our reviews and scores are listed on N4G. We’re not on MetaCritic.
What kind of features can I write?
Anything video game related. It could be a top 10 list, a retrospective, an interview, or an opinion piece about the state of the industry. Check out some examples here. As long as it’s not pure trolling and/or clickbait, let your imagination run wild.
If you have any more questions please ask below.Last edited by Machina - on 10 September 2020