Tuesday, January 13, 2009

1UP/EGM

A week ago today, I came home to the terrible news of UGO/Hearst Corporation's acquisition of 1UP.com and EGM Magazine.

EGM was closed and several features from 1UP.com were either cancelled, or put on hiatus. This of course resulted in the loss of many jobs, including some of the best gaming journalists...well, on the planet.

Let's just say I did not take this news well, and lost a lot of sleep that night. Many others shared similar feelings of disbelief and outrage, as gaming message boards across the internet exploded with threads discussing the news.

There is some good news though. Many of the employees layed off have returned with independent podcasts.

The former hosts of 1UP FM, are now producing the Rebel FM podcast (currently the #2 ranked podcast in Canada, and #6 in the US). More information on the podcast can be found here www.eat-sleep-game.com

The producers formerly of the 1UP Show will also be returning with a new show. Details will be coming soon, but in the meantime, you can check for updates here http://talkingorange.com/

I'm still a little worried about the future of the 1UP Yours Podcast. News regarding this particular podcast has been slow, and arguably the largest personality from the show, Mr. Shane Bettenhausen resigned from 1UP after it was acquired by UGO. Losing Shane would be devastating, and I'm hoping that he'll be able to continue as a special guest.

Though the changes have scattered my favorite journalists, I'm sure they'll be fine, as they are all very talented individuals. It's just disappointing that they won't all be gathered in the same offices anymore. They were a very special group.

I wish them all the best of luck in the future.

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