Video game journalism has been called into question for allegedly paying off a ransom in a hit-and-run accident that killed a reporter.
Sam’s Club television in Austin, Texas, posted a message to its Facebook page on Thursday saying it had reached a settlement with the family of Sam Ziemba, who was killed by the driver in the hit-hitchhike.
Ziemba’s family said the company had paid the ransom in December 2016.
The company’s statement said Ziembas was killed in an accident in the city’s northeast.
Zielma, who had worked as a journalist at Sam’s clubs, was working on a report about the rise of the so-called “Bungie Mafia” in 2016 when she was killed, according to her family.
The lawsuit said Sam’s members had “attacked, harassed, and terrorized” the Ziembases.
It said Sams Club “did nothing to stop the attack and did not notify Sam’s management of the attack.”
A Sams Clubs representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a statement, a Sams club representative said it has paid the family the money owed to the Zebas, and that the company has “committed to making every effort to assist with Sam’s families recovery.”
The company also thanked its fans and partners for their support.