Outside of this sentence I'm not going to mention the Zoe Quinn ordeal, other than to say I'm not picking sides on that situation and that this isn't about that, rather that situation got me thinking...
Corruption is everywhere and I would be naive to think the game industry was somehow immune to it. I got to thinking about the fact that Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and other developers and publishers always give 'swag' to reviewers or send free copies of games to them to review, but does that constitute corruption? Some could view it as them trying to butter up the reviewers to get a better review. We all know that Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft aren't above paying a company to make a exclusive game for their system only. My question is, in your mind, does the free swag to reviewers and paying for exclusive games constitute corruption or is it just part of the business?
My view is kind of mixed based on the person receiving the 'swag' as some may be swayed to write a good review while others will stay objective and give it an honest review. As for the paying a company for a exclusive game, I can see where that could be argued as a form of corruption, but I feel that is just part of the business.
I can't comment on money to the companies as I don't know for sure that they get paid or not.