| Ziff Davis Shuts Down 1UP, UGO and Gamespy - briefly|
|(hx) 01:00 AM EST - Feb,22 2013 |
| Kotaku has obtained an internal memo by IGN president Vivek Shah with details on layoffs at IGN, and word that Gamespy, 1UP and UGO will be "winding down."
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.
Ha! Pretty soon Gameguru will be one of the only game sites left. Hehe just kidding :P
It's also important for you to know that we are absolutely confident
that we now have the best structure and team to successfully move the
company forward and that there are no further planned reductions.
The changes we made today are designed to allow us to Simplify and
Focus. Our goal is to do fewer things and to do them exceptionally
well. In that vein, we want to direct all of our energy and work behind
our two flagship brands: IGN and AskMen. They are both category killers
and share a vision of a multi-screen (PCs, tablets, smartphones, TV)
and multi-format (text, photos and video) world.
As a result of our decision to focus on our core brands, we are:
- Winding down 1UP.com, UGO.com and GameSpy.com;
- No longer ad repping 3rd party sites such as GameStop.com and
- Actively engaged with parties interested in acquiring IPL. IGN's role
going forward will be to broadcast and cover a variety of eSports
- Dividing our ad sales team into two: one focused on IGN and the other
focused on AskMen.