This is a sad day. Our friends at IndustryGamers have reported that the legendary magazine GamePro, is closing its doors once and for all. Moreover, the publication’s site will also be closed as – according to an IDG spokesman – the ad dollars just weren’t there, and unfortunately layoffs of staff are being implemented. This is shocking as most of us grew up with this magazine. Oh, the memories of reading it and the anticipation of waiting for its next issue. It was at a time of innocence, a time of when gamers were waiting patiently to get informed by the gaming magazines and when Internet was not as established or popular as it is today.
With the magazine and website business no longer running, GamePro Media is “refocusing its US business exclusively on its growing custom publishing and solutions business.” The decision was made by Mike Kisseberth, who heads up IDG’s Consumer and Small Business media group, which includes PCWorld, Macworld, and GamePro Media. GamePro Custom Solutions will be led by current GamePro President, Marci Yamaguchi Hughes. This means that GamePro will work on creating custom content for vendors and events, like last E3’s daily. Ouch.
The company stated:
“Fans of GamePro online will be able to access the latest games news, reviews, and ‘how-tos’ from the PCWorld editorial team. Visitors to gamepro.com will be redirected to the PCWorld GamePro channel on pcworld.com.”
“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.”
Rest In Peace GamePro. You earned a special place in our hearts and will remain in there, no matter what!
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”