I've been in this job since 2006. That's somehow become a long time ago, at least in internet years, but I can still remember the days before I worked here, when I put on a tie and sat on a train and went to work in an office every day just like most other people.
Layoffs have struck the popular editorial outlet IGN, and it sounds as though subsidiary gaming sites 1UP, UGO and GameSpy are all being shut down.
The video game magazine business is not a healthy one. Nor is there much in the way of competition anymore. Nor is there anything like GameSpite, which has been announced as going to print quarterly.
What began as a rumour last month has now escalated into full-blown fact; Ziff Davis have officially sold the 1UP network to competitors Hearst, owners of UGO.com.
Oh boy. Looks like the sale of 1UP to Hearst hasn't gone as smoothly as you'd expect. Rather than simply move house, it seems most of the site's most experienced/popular writers have instead been let go.
According to a report on Joystiq, the UGO Entertainment Network - and yes, they still exist - are in talks with Ziff Davis with an eye towards purchasing the 1UP network.
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court has OKed 1Up and EGM owner Ziff Davis' bankruptcy reorganization plans, the company said today, adding that it expects to emerge from Chapter 11 on July 1.
Back in March 1Up promised that all of that nasty business with parent company Ziff Davis' bankruptcy would soon be behind them and that they would be a stronger publication for it.
1Up has a running feature on worst-ever box cover art. It's been about six months since the last installation so they drop another dozen or so for us to laugh at. Yes, Okami's watermarked box makes the list. So does the Orange Box. Remember, just because it's bad box doesn't make it a bad game. In fact, a good game…
GameTrailers TV isn't the only outlet getting a helping of Gears of War 2 video exclusivity, as 1UP—read GameVideos—is touting its own must see clip. It's hitting the internet at 10:30 PM Pacific Time, beating Spike TV's programming in some time zones. 1UP makes no promises about Cliffy B face time, sadly. But double…