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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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9. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 17:13 dardin
 
Darks wrote on Feb 21, 2013, 17:01:
I want to know whatís going to happen to games that still use game spy as a service for playing games. Does this now mean that once their gone, so are those servers and any ability to now connecting or host games are also gone? Sounds like an EA tactic in the making here.

That is GameSpy Technologies, not Gamespy.com. They are owned by two different companies. Read this: http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/122/1226912p1.html


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8. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 17:08 dardin
 
Found memories of PlanetQuake and QSpy which eventually became GameSpy3D and an entire network of Planet websites. Definitely a sign of the times. Sad to see anyone lose their job, but at the same time I cannot recall the last time I went to any of those websites.  
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7. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 17:06 Darks
 
nin wrote on Feb 21, 2013, 17:04:
Please kill IGN, ASAP.


No!! nin, very bad!!

I happen to be working on a mod that uses ign for the Never Winter Nights files and web hosting there. Canít lose that feature, very bad!!
 
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Creator of the Neverwnter Nights Eye of the Beholder Series of Mods.

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6. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 17:04 nin
 

Please kill IGN, ASAP.

 
http://www.nin.com/pub/tension/
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5. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 17:01 Darks
 
I want to know whatís going to happen to games that still use game spy as a service for playing games. Does this now mean that once their gone, so are those servers and any ability to now connecting or host games are also gone? Sounds like an EA tactic in the making here.  
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Creator of the Neverwnter Nights Eye of the Beholder Series of Mods.

http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Modules.Detail&id=6375
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4. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 16:49 MajorD
 

Wow, sign of the times....

Not only do I not like seeing the end of an era, but that many people losing their jobs sucks even more.

I remember DL the first version of QSpy (before becoming GameSpy) to find the best ping Quake MP server....

 
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3. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 16:46 Dev
 
wait, WTF about gamefaqs? It was bought out by them a while back
Edit: Doh, that was gamespot that they merged with, not gamespy.

I could care less about UGO or whatever

Edit: And WTF is "askmen" that they say is one of their flagship brands?

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2. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 16:39 Jivaro
 
Sad to hear people losing their jobs


Why couldn't it have been Kotaku instead?
 
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1. Re: Ziff Davis Closing 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO Feb 21, 2013, 16:33 Flatline
 
How sad. That's more or less the end of an era...  
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