1UP.com Acquired, Gutted by UGO Entertainment

Posted by | January 8, 2009

Sure, it’s splashed all across the remaining game sites out there, but we at Vox would be remiss in our duties as the starving vultures of game journalism if we didn’t spend a moment to pick the bones of our own dead. And 1UP is dead.

For the longest time now, 1UP, along with its magazine arm EGM and associated websites GameVideos.com, MyCheats.com, and GameTab.com, have been bleeding money like a gunshot victim with a pressure pump shoved down his throat. Ziff-Davis, their ownership company, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and that was even before the economy tanked.

While UGO’s injection of zombie juice into 1UP might bring the company back to a shambling mockery of life, the simple fact remains that certain vital functions are going to missing once the corpse rises up from its slab. The largest of those is EGM, the gaming magazine and 1UP’s left arm, which is publishing its last issue shortly. Oddly enough, an industry magazine with a two to three-month lag time behind internet news sites just wasn’t as profitable as you’d think. Also missing is the chunk of 1UP’s brain responsible for GameVideos.com, as well as much of their review talent.

Joystiq posted a list of those chopped up and thrown out into the cold by this slaughter, please update your contact and free review swag mailing lists accordingly.

Adrian Frieg
Amy Mishra
Amy Moran
Andrea Garcia
Andrew Fitch
Andrew “Skip” Pfister
Anthony Gallegos
Cesar Quintero
Christina Rosa
CoyLou Steel
Derek Chinn
Doug Parsons
Eric Ellis
Giancarlo Varanini
Greg Ford
James “Milkman” Mielke
Jason Bertrand
Jason Wilson
Jervilyn Jaramillo
Justin Frechette
Leslie Gelfand
Marci Yamaguchi
Matt Chandronait
May Tong
Meredith Stowe
Michael Donahoe
Monique Convertito
Ndubuisi Madu
Nick Suttner
Norris Boothe
Philip Kollar
Rey Serrano
Robert Bowen
Rosemary Pinkham
Ryan O’Donnell
Ryan Scott
Shane Bettenhausen
Simon Cox
Tammy Ross
Tipler Ubbelohde


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