Five out of Ten is a magazine for people who love videogames and demand the best in independent writing. It was founded in 2012 to create a magazine that was different, inclusive, and fair to its writers. Five out of Ten is inspired by classic magazines of the 80s and 90s, yet has an insight and style all of its own. It’s a place for the greatest in videogame criticism and culture writing from around the world. As well as our flagship magazine, we also publish books on videogame culture.
We only publish great, original features: writing that is insightful, bold, and timeless. Our features combine personal experience with critical investigation: the thoughts that go beyond mere play. We take a ‘slow journalism’ approach: our work is considered and meaningful.
We have a proud history of publishing a wide range of voices and experiences, and we are actively committed to continuing to do so. Five out of Ten is dedicated to diversity: this includes promoting marginalised voices and ensuring that our writers approve of what we publish. All Five out of Ten pieces are edited collaboratively between the writers and editorial team to ensure finished articles are reflective of the author’s views.
We believe that good writing is worth paying for. Rather than paying a set fee for writing, we split the profits between an issue’s contributors. This means our writers share in the success of the magazine. We do not publish writing without financially compensating the author, and we don’t display external advertising or corporate sponsorship.
Every Five out of Ten book is completely DRM-free. We want you to enjoy our words on all of your devices, whenever you like, without restrictions. If your friends want a copy of our magazines or books, please ask them to purchase their own copy.