Somebody please make a new thread for the Verge post. This is a megathread at this point.
They obviously use gaf (using an image I created in their header edited with their own); so if they could either post more info on their Verge account or here that would be extremely helpful. (maybe it was Floex?)
If anyone can confirm the Hitman article in the magazine then they should post a thread on that - but again, we've no idea the dates or anything. Without the original creator to question it would all be unsubstantiated.
The actual interesting part is whether there was a relationship between SE/MCV and we know Lauren herself knew someone through that already (not thread worthy as its been talked to death in here). Lauren likely put forward the libel threats herself, not MCV (the editor himself says his boss didn't, and I don't think he was implying that he did).
The supposed meeting to have shills is again conjecture that in no way is backed up. I myself has stated that publishers might seek to turn content into adverts for themselves, but that was conjecture and again a big part of this thread.
So yeah if the writer can say 'whats up' or even post a thread themselves, that would be great, but atm its just a community blog that doesn't do enough to back itself imo.