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GamePro And GameSetWatch Close Their Doors

After 22 years on US magazine shelves, GamePro magazine and its website are closing. The November issue of the magazine will be the last to go to print, with the website soon to redirect to one of IDG’s other websites, PC World.

Launched in 1989, GamePro magazine is folding due to insufficient advertising revenue to support the business, according to an IDG representative. Back in July the magazine went from being a monthly publication to being quarterly. Unfortunately, this did not pan out well for the magazine, with the publication wrapping up with its November issue and the website closing on December 5.

Staff lay-offs are to be expected, although it is unclear how many will be kept on to work on IDG’s other publications.

The closure of GamePro coincides with yesterday’s announcement that Gamasutra’s sister site, GameSetWatch, will be going on indefinite hiatus as of immediately. Head of the GDC, Simon Carless, said: “We’re seeing an increasing overlap with sister site, just in terms of some of the best material out there being indie-related. So Danny [Cowan] is going to go and blog over there, while Eric [Caoili] comes back to help us a bit more on mothership site Gamasutra.

“We also think that mainstream game blogs are doing a much better job nowadays of including the weirder and alt.links in amongst their gaming news. So it’s not like GSW is irrelevant as such. But it’s never really been that relevant to start with — it’s always been an entertaining fripperie.”

Kotaku AU wishes GamePro and GameSetWatch employees all the best.


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