1up and GameSpy Shutting Down, IGN Hit with Layoffs

by William D'Angelo, posted on 21 February 2013 / 5,485 Views

Ziff-Davis purchased IGN recently, which also includes 1up, GameSpy and UGO. Ziff-Davis CEO Vivek Shah in a statement received by Polygon has said that several staff members have been laid off at IGN. Also 1up, GameSpy and UGO will be shut down.

"Today, we took some difficult but important actions that will ensure the continued growth and health of IGN and AskMen," said Ziff Davis CEO Vivek Shah. "Before I go into more details about the changes, you should know that they resulted in the elimination of jobs at IGN. It's always upsetting to say goodbye to colleagues and let's do what we can to help these employees as they seek new opportunities."

"The changes we made today are designed to allow us to Simplify and Focus," added Shah. "Our goal is to do fewer things and to do them exceptionally well. In that vein, we want to direct all of our energy and work behind our two flagship brands: IGN and AskMen."

 


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10 Comments

JOKA_ (on 21 February 2013)

Whoa what!?


DarkFury (on 21 February 2013)

Sign of the times. And how is IGN going to "grow" when you lay off the staff?


Heavenly_King (on 21 February 2013)

well 1up and gamespy are a bit redundant considering they already own IGN.


cody6695 (on 23 February 2013)

Cannibalizing your site by making multiple others is just a bad idea in the first place. I agree with the choice to focus on IGN, and hopefully in time those job positions will return in greater numbers.


Psyberius (on 22 February 2013)

Ziff Davis destroys everything it buys. Why are people confused here?


halil23 (on 23 February 2013)

It reminds me of EA!


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MARCUSDJACKSON (on 22 February 2013)

sad to see. game spy is the only one of them i went to often.


Kyuu (on 22 February 2013)

1up was the first gaming website I used in my life. It kinda saddens me to hear this.


shiackz (on 21 February 2013)

what will happen to jeremy parish :[


think-man (on 21 February 2013)

wow.....


TheJimbo1234 (on 21 February 2013)

Haha, good! Their reporting and forums are a breeding ground of ignorance and arrogance. This is what happens when websites advocate idiots and fanboys. Now lets hope that other sites learn from this.


oniyide (on 22 February 2013)

the hell are you talking about? IGN is still going to be around if anything Gamespot and 1up were a lot less "ignorant" and "arrogant".


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