EGM Magazine To Close Its Doors

January 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment

Today it was officially announced that Ziff-Davis has sold their 1up division and will soon be discontinuing long-time games magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly.

“The sale includes,,, and, and specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In association with this, Ziff Davis Media’s EGM Magazine, a consumer game print mainstay since 1989, will be discontinued. The January 2009 issue will be the final printed issue.”

Read the rest of the story here and at 1up here.

Wow.  That makes me sad.  It’s no secret ath Ziff-Davis has been in some financial trouble, and the closing of Games for Windows Magazine (GFW for short, and formerly Computer Gaming World) was supposed to alleviate some fo these issues.  UGO Entertainment will acquire the related sites, so there is still hope that many (and maybe all) 1up staff will stay onboard.  This also bodes well for fans of EGM, myself included.  Many of the magazine’s staff members are also major contributors to 1up.

**UPDATE** It is now confirmed that more than 30 of the staff at 1up and virtually all of the EGM staff have been laid off. That’s roughly 70% or so of the entire 1up Network staff.  The iconic 1up Show, GFW Radio, Legendary Thread, and other audio podcasts have been shut down.  Garnett Lee, host of 1up Yours, has confirmed that an audio podcast will continue in some fashion.

However, this marks the end of an era.  EGM was around back when video games still ‘weren’t cool’.  I myself didn’t get seriously into video games until around 1994, during the heyday of the 16-bit era.  My first issue of the mag was back in February of 1998, and I’ve been a loyal reader ever since, even buying the extra holiday issues every year.

Here’s to you, Electronic Gaming Monthly.  Thanks for 20 years of excellent industry insight and quality journalism.  And LONG LIVE SUSHI-X!

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