Ziff Davis quits, EGM closed, 1UP sold

Wednesday, 7th January 2009 08:31 GMT By Mike


It emerged last night that industry veteran Ziff Davis Media and Publishing has quit the business altogether, whilst magazine EGM has closed, and website 1UP sold has been to UGO.

“The transaction allows us to pay down debt and shift our full focus to our core PCMag Digital Network business,” Ziff Davis CEO Jason Young said.

“We thank our 1UP team members for their contributions and wish them the best of success into the future.”

Rumours of an UGO buyout broke early December and it has now become a reality as reports are that dozens of staff members have been laid off as a consequence.

EGM had been in circulation for 20 years.

By Mike Bowden



  1. Blerk

    This is actually really fucking terrible. Even though the site survives, the heart’s basically gone out of it because they ditched most of the people who made it what it was.

    And the podcasts are apparently gone too, which pisses me off somewhat. 1Up Yours has become like an old friend to me over the last year or so.

    I’m even sorry to see Shane go! :-(

    Fallen 1Up comrades, we salute you!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Morrius

    They’ll pop up before too long. Check out the latest GWJ podcast if you haven’t already, it has Jeff and Shawn on it. Sad news though, sad news.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Tonka

    Note to self, Blerk’s defenition of an old friend is someone he has known for a year or so…

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I kill all my friends after about 18 months.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Tonka

    You can’t be that dull, surely!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    So glad that David Ellis isn’t going. I want to see his take on Killzone 2 still :D

    Suck theres won’t be a 1UP show for next years releases.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. SticKboy

    Good news for EDGE magazine as they try to crack the high-end US market – they’ve really only PLAY magazine to worry about now.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. bxsentinel

    so i wonder if people who subscribe to egm magazine will get refunds?

    #8 6 years ago
  9. el Croux

    Those podcasts and TV shows they did were absolutely awful. Egotistical, self appointed journalistic ‘celebrities’ loudly braying endlessly fanboyish opinions that did nothing but seek to insight some pointless Neo-GAF style console war over every SINGLE miniscule peice of gaming news there was.

    Compare the level of reassuring professionalism of something like the old Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel ‘At The Movies’ shows of the 80s and 90s just to see how glaringly childish the 1up team were.

    I could never understand the appeal of those shows and am almost gleefully glad they are gone.

    Gaming coverage should be akin to that of film and TV where a large number of individual critics are given their own seperate platform to stand on and deliver their views. With you being able to pick your favourites.

    (Like those Rab and Ryan blokes from Consolevania or Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation for example. Short punchy, well edited, PERSONAL commentary on games and gaming culture)

    I like how I can listen to Mark Kermode on BBC radio reviewing a film, and then go read what Roger Ebert has to say about the film on his website, compare and contrast at my leisure and then be spared the utter boredom of them arguing, 1up style (at dizzying length) with half an eye fixed on a baying Internet community such and Neo-GAF who they all seem to pander to in a desperate quest for e-celebrity. This tripe was ANYTHING other than personal.

    I like how Charlie Brooker only releases a mere 3 hours of his brilliant Screenwipe show per YEAR so that it’s level of production and relevance never drops below excellent (given it’s tiny budget) and total, respectively, and we’re not left with him sitting there for 2 hours every BLOODY week, unedited, becoming as annoying as you’d fear he could be if left to play about without anyone telling him to reign it in and get to the bloody point.

    1up seem to want the exact opposite. Copious amounts of their steaming hot opinion-vomit oozing over every surface and winding it’s way into every crevice of gaming’s Internet community.

    Sad that the people lost their jobs and all that, but lets all be thankful that the utter SHIT they came up with will soon be resigned to barely functioning Rapidshare URLs forever.

    #9 6 years ago

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