UGO boss on 1UP: “We really have largely left it alone”

Thursday, 8th January 2009 10:05 GMT By Mike


After news broke yesterday of Ziff Davies quitting the industry for good, and 1UP being bought out by UGO amid a round of redundancies, J Moses, CEO of the UGO Entertainment told MTV that he feels the criticism of UGOs treatment of 1UP and its staff is unfounded.

“We really have largely left it alone,” said Moses when questioned.

“We kept, we believe, the core editorial group that can continue to do great things. What we’re adding is as an editorial site that will sit on top of the UGO publishing site. And we kept who we believe are the critical people who can make up a great site.”

Moses goes on to say that EGMs closure had “absolutely nothing to do with UGO.”

Full thing through the link.



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  1. Blerk

    “… and fired a whole bunch of people who we didn’t want any more”, he failed to add.

    Which might, of course, be why people are so cross. If firing a bundle of people counts as ‘largely leaving it alone’, I dread to think what would’ve happened if they’d decided to ‘stick their oar in’.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. rauper

    ‘went questioned’ should be ‘when questioned’

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Mike


    #3 6 years ago
  4. Quiiick

    Bullshit! They did fire “the core editorial group”.

    All those fantastic and creative individuals who put together the 1UP-Show every week: Ryan O’Donnell, Matt Chandronait, James Mielke and others.
    I will miss you!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Blerk

    They’re not gone forever, of course. As demonstrated.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Quiiick

    @ Blerk
    Sure, but I doubt that these guys and gals will work together in the future and produce a weekly video-podcast like the “1UP Show”.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Esha

    They may if they could make money off it, such as selling subscriptions. If there was enough interest in something like that, they may get together once a week to make a bit ‘o cash.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Quiiick

    @ Esha
    I liked the show, i really did and watched almost all of the episodes, but honestly it’s just not good enough to warrant a subscription fee IMHO.

    On the other hand, if they 1-upped (pun intended) the quality by quite a margin, I’d consider paying for a subscription …

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Esha

    Yeah but there are subscription fees and then there are subscription fees. What if it was only £4/$6 for a three-month subscription?

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Whizzo

    UGO left 1UP largely alone in the same way Jack the Ripper left his victims largely alone.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. mortiferus

    James Mielke is an asshole! I knew him when he lived in NY. He was a weak ass bartender. An annoying racist fuck to boot! I am so glad to see his ass got fired! Though I Weep for EGM, its sad. The death of an icon

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Quiiick

    Let me guess: he hates asians.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Quiiick

    @ Esha
    An annual subscription fee of $24 would be a price worth considering, you’re right.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Quiiick

    … but only if the content was available in HD format.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Esha

    Let’s just hope that they’re considering this too, eh? Perhaps someone should bring the idea to their attention, as there probably would be a market for it, considering, and everyone would get to keep the show they liked.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Quiiick

    They ARE in fact considering it! :)
    Just listen to today’s podcast (rebel-fm), around minute 13.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. 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.

    Gaming coverage should be more 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 make up you own mind, without being pressured to pick a side in some silly tiff.

    *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 being chucked together in a Podcast, arguing, 1up style (at dizzying length) with half an eye fixed on a baying Internet community like Neo-GAF who they all seem to pander to in a desperate quest for e-celebrity.

    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. I like how we’re NOT stuck 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 annoying drivel they came up with will soon be resigned to barely functioning Rapidshare URLs forever.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Quiiick

    @ el Croux
    I do agree with the basics of your criticism about the 1UP Show.
    Still, I enjoyed watching the video-podcast even though it was anything but high professionalism.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Esha

    Different strokes for different folks, eh?

    “barely functioning Rapidshare URLs forever.”

    That I think you’re quite wrong about, though. I’ve picked up from experience that Rapidshare is very reliable indeed for legit stuff, and has been for years.

    The only reason Rapidshare is flaky is if one is searching for things they’d normally find off the back of a lorry.

    #19 6 years ago