The Staff includes all writers, main contributors and video content creators (vloggers) of the Cutie, Triple D Gamer (also be known as “QT3D”) brand and abides by the following statement of ethics.
Note: This does not include affiliate collaborations or content, guests and infrequent contributors not in The Staff.
1. We don’t sell the games we review
There may come a time when we will add “buy now” buttons encouraging you to buy the games we cover from a popular online store such as Amazon or Best Buy online shop. When that time comes, we will let you know.
2. Advertising and Promotions
We will only advertise and promote “like-minded” content or positive content and products. The Founder of “QT3D” handles all advertising and promoting responsibility for selling ad space and ad copy on our site.
We do not accept money or other considerations from companies, special guests, brands or professionals in the industries we cover as a condition or incentive to interview, write a review or story whether favorable or unfavorable, on “QT3D”.
All editorials, videocasts, podcasts and other media on CutieTripleDGamer.wordpress.com are based on our Staff’s discretion, and not based at all on the desire of any company, brand, media outlet, advertiser or PR firm. We will not feature nor permit placement of any advertorial. Any advertisements shown on CutieTripleDGamer.wordpress.com will be clearly marked as an advertisement. Any promotions shown will also be clearly marked as a promo.
3. Our Sources
“QT3D” obtains news and content from a variety of sources and from our readers themselves by sending us tips. We are not a news outlet source constantly reporting on the latest news and announcements, therefore we don’t have many “sources” to contact and verify for current or upcoming news. We rely on good old-fashioned searching and from our personal experiences to research topics for our original content and to contact guests for interviews. If we do have sources, some may not wish to be named and we shall honor such requests and keep these sources anonymous without exception. We do not provide compensation for tips as our general policy.
4. Our Conduct
We don’t take gifts of merchandise, interviews or free or discounted services in exchange for a favorable interview, story or review. We will take merchandise or try services as part of an editorial accepted request to interview, review or write a news story about that merchandise or service but the editorialize coverage or rating will be up to the Staff’s discretion.
We also do not allow trips or any portions of trips, meals or the offer to pay our brand’s operation expenses to be paid by third parties in exchange for favorable articles, stories or reviews. We can accept trips and other expenses to cover events however, any editorial ratings and viewpoints are up to the Staff’s discretion about these events. We bare most of the expenses to pay for travel expenses to all events.
5. Public Appearances
“QT3D” Staff can make public appearances and attend events and conferences gaming-related in the name of Cutie, The Triple D Gamer. The Staff will have a dress code and represent the brand. The “QT3D” Staff will also appear with The Delightful Critics Club, which is a social club with local, national and international meets and events. The Staff also may be asked to appear in professional capacities as critics on television, news, radio, or other media.
6. Staff Compensation
Non-management staff members are not employees of “QT3D”. They are paid-freelancers. Compensation will be offered when certain milestones are reached.
The Staff, guests and contributors are not allowed to conduct any criticism or journalism in the name of the brand without permission of the Founder and in all professional capacities.
8. Samples for Reviews/Review Units
We accept loan units, products or samples to the Staff and contributors for a given period of time or to keep in order for us to review such samples and to determine whether we will provide a review or story for the product or service on CutieTripleDGamer.wordpress.com. We prefer to receive such samples at the same time as the public because we don’t want to review incomplete products or services. However, for preview articles, we may agree to receive samples before the commercial availability and we may agree to not publish a review until the item is commercially available.
We do not accept any samples on any preconditions, such as, that we will agree to provide a review simply because the company sent us a sample or the company might have an employee as one of our staff, guests or contributors.
There may be items that are retained for extended review periods such as games with upcoming DLC or some other products with consistent updates. Our policy is that the review unit may not be used as a personal device of a writer or vlogger during the predetermined review periods.
At most times, we decide to review something which has not been provided to us by a company, our sponsor, or a brand. In this case, we will purchase the product or service for the staff to review.
9. Sponsorships and Affiliates
We accept sponsors and encourage affiliations of like-sites, brands and communities. We are hosting a page catering to listing our sponsors and affiliates with their biographies and also links in the sidebar to click on their websites. Our affiliates and sponsors can be one of our guests on a number of content.
10. Personal Conflict
We will interview individuals or representatives in the gaming industry whether they are unknown or very popular (celeb status). These people may also be guest bloggers on our site. However, our policy does not permit the use of celebrity (non-critic) endorsements or testimonials, although celebrities may be mentioned in an article.
12. Editorial Opinions
Our editorial content is written by individuals, and each article, rant, story, feature, podcast or review represents the opinions or views of the individual author(s). Any opinion expressed in content that appears on CutieTripleDGamer.wordpress.com is the opinion of the author(s) – whether a staff member, or other contributor, and should not be construed as an opinion formally approved or endorsed by “QT3D”.
These guidelines and principles we follow by choice, and have been determined as a group to abide by, because we think they are the best way to conduct our website. If you have further questions about our ethics statements, you should contact us here.
[This statement may change as time goes by to incorporate more of our new policies and branching out. When this happens, we’ll let you know by posting the announcement on our blog and the Founder’s social profiles]
Version: 1.0, last updated: December 15, 2013