1up, GameSpy shut down by Ziff-Davis, IGN suffers layoffs

Thursday, 21st February 2013 20:15 GMT By Phil Owen

Ziff-Davis recently purchased IGN and all its properties, which includes 1up, GameSpy and UGO, and today they’ve set about restructuring the whole place, leaving behind many casualties.

According to an internal memo obtained by Polygon. ZD wants to focus all its efforts within the properties they just purchased from Fox behind the core brands, IGN and AskMen. And so they’re shutting down 1up, GameSpy and UGO as separate entities and consolidating assets behind those bigger names. What that means is that some folks at IGN are being laid off as well and probably some people from the other sites will be kept on and brought into the mothership. This is what we call “corporate restructuring.”

It never really made much sense to have three sites owned by a single company that serve the same audience and produce very similar content. This move was inevitable.

RIP 1up and GameSpy



  1. noamlol2

    does that means that gamespy arcade isn’t functonal anymore???


    #1 2 years ago
  2. Cobra951

    Big company acquires a suite of smaller ones, then guts them? What a surprise. I think I’ll have a heart attack and die from that surprise.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Thats really sad. But whenever I read that a bigger fish eats a smaller one, this is the first thing that shows up a few days or weeks later. It has never been like, oh we bought them and now we’re going to employ even more persons. They always cut for profit. It’s sad, as I really liked 1up. I wish all the others all the best of luck.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Beta

    Pretty sad news, I loved 1up. Hope everyone affected finds re-employment soon.

    #4 2 years ago

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