It is official: Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine is no more. The company’s web presence, 1UP.com has been purchased by UGO, a Hearst company after EGM’s original parent, Ziff Davis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The magazine has been shuttered permanently. I was hoping that most of the staff would be kept on, but Kotaku is reporting that Skip Pfister, Ryan O’Donnell, Philip Kollar, Jay Fresh, Cesar Quintero, Nick Suttner, Anthony Gallegos, Matt Chandronait, Shane Bettenhausen and former EIC James Mielke have been let go and that the 1Up Show is no more. What exactly do they have left, and who do they think will produce it?
On a personal level I am very sorry to hear about this. Over the last year EGM and 1Up have become significant staples in my gaming life. The 1Up Yours Show is a significant inspiration for the WeinerCast, and the 1Up Show theme is never more than an earworm away. EGM has always been the finest of the gaming magazines, and really gave meaning to the term “game journalism”. It was always my dream to write for them – now I guess I never will. Best of wishes to all of you over there or wherever you end up.