Wesley Yin-Poole, deputy editor at Eurogamer started out volunteering before getting hired on Pro-G. In the next in a series of Games Media Brit List interviews, he tells us about getting into journalism, keeping up in a fast changing industry, and the daily variety of working in games media...
How did you first get into the games media?
A lovely chap called Tom Orry hired me to work on a lovely website called Pro-G after a stint as a part-time volunteer writer. I had some newspaper experience, which I suspect helped convince Tom that I knew what I was doing. Little did he know...
What advice would you give to someone currently looking at a career in games media?
Specialise and learn what it is to find an angle and tell a story. The best publications are interested in cool stories about games, be it investigations, making ofs or reporting on game communities. If you can unearth these stories and tell them well, you'll be of value.
What’s been the best advice you’ve ever received?
The features editor of the Mail on Sunday told me to quit my junior role there, train to be a journalist then climb the ladder. She taught me the value of hard work and getting out and about.
What are you most proud of in your career to date?
If I helped anyone working at Eurogamer in any way with anything, just a little bit, I'm delighted!
And what has been your biggest challenge?
Working out how to make Eurogamer not just relevant, but popular. Things move so quickly in this industry that the answer to that question changes on a monthly basis.
Which of your competitors do you most admire and why?
I think Kotaku does fantastic work, and I'm constantly impressed by the journalism they do. They have nailed the relevance and popular conundrum. In fact, they nailed it a while ago.
Who’s your favourite non-games writer/presenter?
The Guardian's senior sports writer, Barney Ronay.
If you weren’t working in games media, what would you be doing?
Probably editing a B2B publication of some description. Cabinet Maker, perhaps. Or Chemist + Druggist. No, The Publican!
Best and worst thing about the games media?
The best thing is the variety. I love my job because every day is different and presents new challenges. The worst thing about the job is having to listen to Martin Robinson bang on about Arms.
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