If ever there was an end of an era, it’s today with the announcement that Ziff Davis is shutting down no less than three of its online properties, while issuing a round of layoffs at a fourth.
From today, GameSpy, 1Up.com and UGO.com are no more.
The news first came to light after Polygon obtained an internally distributed memo by Ziff Davis CEO, Vivek Shah, who wrote:
“Today, we took some difficult but important actions that will ensure the continued growth and health of IGN and AskMen. Before I go into more details about the changes, you should know that they resulted in the elimination of jobs at IGN. It’s always upsetting to say goodbye to colleagues and let’s do what we can to help these employees as they seek new opportunities.”
Some of these difficult decisions included “Winding down 1UP.com, UGO.com and GameSpy.com,” while seeking a buyer for IGN’s eSports network, IPL. “IGN’s role going forward will be to broadcast and cover a variety of eSports events,” said Shah.
“As of today, 1UP will be entering the sunset into which all former websites eventually must ride. This comes as huge disappointment for me – not because I’m editor-in-chief of the site, but because I’ve been with it since the beginning. That’s nearly 10 years of my life invested in this website through all its ups and downs… and ups… and dooooowwwwwns.”
For me personally, this is incredibly sad news to hear, and over the years both 1Up and GameSpy in particular have served not only as amazing resources for videogame news and information, but great destinations to hear in-depth reports and opinions on the world of games. They will be missed dearly.
Even though El33tonline is only a fraction of the size of these organisations, we fully understand the work, commitment and passion that goes into the running of an enthusiast website and I will always be grateful for their wonderful contributions to videogaming.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the news.