OEN, Inc. (an initialism of Online Entertainment Network) is an American online magazine publisher founded on January 12, 2012 in Tampa, Florida by Chris Kabrowsky, Julius Mannen, Gordon Awles, and Daniel Gozos. Its website, OEN, contains news about entertainment.

History

On January 12, 2012, OEN, Inc. was founded on January 12, 2012 in Tampa, Florida by Chris Kabrowsky, Julius Mannen, Gordon Awles, and Daniel Gozos. The company's makeshift base was an apartment Kabrowsky rented with additional money from his former job at PunchOnline's WebPunks. On May 3, their website, OEN, was launched.

On February 28, 2013, OEN, Inc. bought its official headquarters: the OEN Center, a group of buildings in northern Tampa.

On June 10, 2015, OEN.com was ranked as #3 on "Top 10 Gaming Websites of 2016" on PunchOnline's Top. It was also ranked as #1 on the 2016, 2017, and 2018 lists. On the 2019 list, it won second place, only being beat by IGN.

As of June 1, 2020, 440+ people have been employed at the company.

OEN Awards

Main article: OEN Awards

The OEN Awards is an annual awards ceremony held on OEN.com.

Controversies

Plagiarism

On September 26, 2017, video game reviewer Donald Broad accused OEN writer Alexander Panganiban of plagiarizing his review on Virtuis. Panganiban was accused of using three sentences of the video Broad uploaded on FunnyFunny, which Broad stated was only meant for comedic purposes.

On October 1, OEN, Inc. released a public apology via Twitter, saying that they take plagiarism very seriously and that Panganiban had been fired.[1]

2020 OEN Awards

Main article: OEN Awards#Criticism

On March 31, 2020, the OEN Awards were held via a live video chat on Chat.com that was broadcast live on OEN.com. The event was criticized due to Run100 winning and being nominated for a large variety of awards.

References

  1. OEN, Inc. [@oen] (October 1, 2017). "Please note that at OEN, we take plagiarism very seriously. We apologize for recent events, and the writer who plagiarized, @lightsonAlex, has been fired." (Tweet)
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