The gaming industry was hit with some truly disheartening news yesterday, as GamePro announced that both their magazine and website are shutting down in the very near future.
GamePro magazine was founded in 1989 just seven years before GamePro.com went live in 1996. November will be the final issue of GamePro magazine and their site will cease to exist on December 5. If you visit GamePro.com after that date, you’ll be redirected to the PCWorld website.
Although the majority of GamePro’s staff was let go, the ‘GamePro Media’ division will live on via the “growing custom publishing and solutions business.”
The decision to make this change was handed down by Mike Kisseberth, head of IDG’s Consumer and Small Business media group, who had this to say about the news.
“The U.S. editorial and business staff worked hard to earn a passionate, loyal following for GamePro and I am grateful for their dedication and hard work over the years. GamePro, like all businesses, must keep up with industry changes and economic realities. Marci and her colleagues have tremendous expertise in the games arena, and now they will be putting that knowledge to work for the brands that gamers love. Look for GamePro Custom Solutions to be blazing new trails in online branding for the game industry, providing gamers with deeper, richer interactions with the companies and titles they most want to know about.”
Perhaps the most unfortunate part about this news is that GamePro.com had actually been thriving before the decision was made to shut it down. Unfortunately, the website was only part of the GamePro model and the magazine had been struggling for quite some time.
Layoffs are always a sad thing to hear about, regardless of where in the industry it occurs, but the closure of one of the oldest gaming magazines in the world is particularly gloomy. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this and we can only hope the old GamePro staff lands on its feet somewhere else in the field of journalism.
Source: Industry Gamers