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Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO

Ziff Davis is closing down the UGO, 1UP, and GameSpy websites, reports Polygon, based on a memo they say was sent today to employees by CEO Vivek Shah. According to the memo this is to concentrate their efforts on their "flagship" brand in the gaming area, IGN, though the report also includes news of an unspecified number of editorial employee layoffs at IGN. UGO already has a post declaring the site "dead" while 1UP and GameSpy seem unchanged for now, as 1UP's Jeremy Parish tweets: "We won't be killing the site today; I'll post more thoughts later."

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42. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 22, 2013, 01:08 Creston
Ant wrote on Feb 22, 2013, 00:49:
Viper220 wrote on Feb 22, 2013, 00:35:
Those saying you don't care about UGO closing down probably no idea that Blue's News used to be part of UGO. Without UGO providing initial advertising revenue in the early days who knows if Blue's would be the site it is today. At one time UGO was the largest gaming network on the Internet, with dozens of sites like Daily Radar, Blue's, Shack News, GamePen, Dave's Classics, etc. For those of us who lived through the dot com heyday, this is big (and sad) news.
Ditto. How does BN live these days without UGO?

Blue stopped using UGO because their ads could never be trusted, and as such most people used adblock when visiting here, thus denying him any revenue.

Now that he has more control over the ads, most of the regulars have whitelisted blues, so that he gets more revenue.

(If I'm off in this, Blue, please correct me.)

As for the news, that's just really fucking weird. IGN is their "flagship?" Holy shit, those other sites must have been absolutely fucking TERRIBLE then.

Anyway, I don't read any of them (1UP used to be good, but they went downhill pretty rapidly a few years ago), so whatever. Fuck Ziff Davis. They're the fucking prototype of the Pay me for whatever review score you like! shitsacks that invest the "gaming media." I hope IGN follows suit quickly.

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