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Destructoid$0
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Kotaku$0"republished"$200
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Popmatters$0
Has set a policy of not paying (http://www.popmatters.com/post/124139-popmatters-seeks-essays-1200-to-3000-words-usually-about-any-aspect-/)
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The Mary Sue$0$100
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Gameranx$3$20features (highest: 3000)
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Geek.com$10100
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IGN$10£150
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Touch Arcade$15
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Overmental.com$20
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Gamasutra$25
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Paste$25$1002000Reviews: $50, Listicles: $75, Features: $100
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Calumet Press$30$50
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Hardcore Gaming 101$30~1000$60~2000
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iMore$30$250
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GamesBeat$35$120As of at least June 2018, the site does not pay for guest posts. (It came up during a pitch.)
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Remeshed$50$100Only accepts articles written by women. Shut down.
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Unwinnable$501000-1500$100Payment policy: you're paid 30 days after publication.
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Rock Paper Shotgun£601000£200Can still be 1000
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The Daily Dot$60$150
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G4/Syfy$75$150
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Gamespot$100$600Review of AAA game, around 1,500
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The Creators Project$100news posts, ~500 words
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ZEAL$100~20003000
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Esquire$150
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Gamesradar+$150
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Giant Bomb$150
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IndieGames.com$150Month of articlesShut down.
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Pixelkin$150
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Vice$150800$3001500
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The AV Club$175
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Zam$175$250Shut down.
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Deorbital$200800$2001300According to this tweet from one of the editors: https://twitter.com/videodante/status/1034579404519657472
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Playboy$2001000$300
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Polygon$200800 to 1,200"thousands"10,000
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Xbox Wire$200$200
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Comic Book Resources$10/review500-700$40/review500-700
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Wired (print)$2 a word
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US Gamer$250
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Edge£100800£2502500
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Vice UK£100
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Eurogamer£140£500
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PocketGamer£20
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Heterotopias£20 (site)
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PC Gamer UK£70 (print)£480 (print)
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Kill Screenfuck allnews posts, ~300 wordsfuck all
($1000 through longreads that you wont be paid)
Got paid after four months of prodding. Shut down.
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Common Sense Media$150
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Cracked$150
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Escapist Magazine
The site no longer pays its writers and has become completely comunity-run (despite still running ads). Here's the link to the open letter http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/171005-An-Open-Letter-to-The-Escapist-Community and their revised submissions page http://www.escapistmagazine.com/content/contact.
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GamesIndustry.biz
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Gizmodo$125
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Good Games Writing
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MTV Geek$15
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New Republic$2501,500
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Offworld$1502000-2500
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PlayStation Blog
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Smart
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The Guardian£100
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VG 24/7
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Waypoint$3001,500
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Wired (online)$1 a word
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