VOX Media CEO Jim Bankoff has announced on Twitter that the recently departed group of Joystiq journalists, as well as ex-Kotaku editor Brian Crecente, have joined the group.
Crecente, as well as Chris Grant and the McElroy brothers – Griffin and Justin – will create VOX’s games portal, currently known as the placeholder VOX Games.
Also onboard is ex-Escapist editor Russ Pitts, former UGO games editor Chris Plante, ex-MTV Multiplayer editor Russ Frushtick and former Joystiq previews editor Arthur Gies.
“In terms of hiring these editors, I thought it would be harder than it was — I thought the idea of putting a lot of chefs in the kitchen would be unpalatable to a lot of people,” Grant told Business Insider. “But I found the opposite to be true.”
Until construction on the new website is finished, the group will be posting on tech site The Verge.