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Ziff closes US Games for Windows mag, says EGM may be next

Wednesday, 9th April 2008 07:03 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Ziff Davis has closed the official Games for Windows magazine in the US. Most of the publication’s staff will be moved onto 1UP.

The magazine has been running for the past 27 years, apparently, so if this isn’t a sign of the times we don’t know what is. Games for Windows recently got the print exclusive on The Sims 3 – which was rather obviously rewritten for the internet in about 12 seconds flat – and started life as Computer Gaming World.

1UP network VP Simon Cox told Next-Gen, “The newsstand was a very challenging space for us. It was a tough place to be,” he said. “And then you have the marketers who want to advertise in print, but they don’t put the budgets behind it that they used to, and they tend to be moving towards online. Wrap those things up, and it’s not a pretty picture from a business perspective.”

Cox went on to hint that the future may even affect that bastion of American games in print, EGM.

“The prognosis for [Electronic Gaming Monthly] is good, but ultimately, of course, that could change,” he said. “We’re all realists here. We all know that ultimately, online is probably going to be where most people are going to get their information. We’re not at that point yet, and there is still a place for EGM until we get there.”

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  1. Blerk

    Ziff Davis is “not long for this world”.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Whizzo

    “before being rebranded as Games for Windows in 1981″ what amazing foresight ZD had in renaming the title four years before Windows 1.0 turned up! :-)

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    glol!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    Changed.

    *fingers in ears*

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Whizzo

    ;-)

    As for the news itself it’s a shame but the writing has been on the wall for some time, MS buying into an “official” magazine seemed to lose its lustre for them after a few months for them as GFW Live crashed and burned with Shadowrun and Halo 2 and with ZD’s money troubles something was bound to happen. Hopefully the GFW crew will be able to make the PC side of 1Up a hell of a lot stronger with its own voice because the site really does need it.

    #5 6 years ago