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IGN Sold!

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Well, after months of wondering the fate of News Corp’s IGN Entertainment, wonder no more. It was just announced IGN Entertainment was purchased for an “undisclosed amount” by mega media company Ziff-Davis.

If you are confused by all of this, so are we. Let’s try and sort all this out. First, you might recall 1UP.com was owned by Ziff-Davis before they sold it to UGO Entertainment in 2009. Then IGN Entertainment eventually bought UGO in 2011 and thus, also owned 1UP. Now, it was just announced that Ziff-Davis purchased IGN and so once again will get 1UP by default. And don’t forget, Ziff-Davis had filed for Chapter 11 back in 2008 but ultimately emerged in 2009 after a corporate restructuring only to be bought in 2011 by a cloud computing company J2 Global.

That was a mouthful! So it seems Ziff-Davis is back in control of millions of geeks and gamers around the world once again. So, what do you think will happen to IGN and 1UP as we know them? Will they stay the same, or change for the better or worse? Or get bought and sold once again? Only time will tell.

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  1. ebrake's Avatar
    And then the other shoe drops yesterday with Gamespy and 1up getting the axe. It could be said that 1up has been on life support since January 2009 when UGO acquired them and then laid off tons of people and essentially killed Gamevideos. It was depressing to see this happen as they were putting out quality content and really seemed to love what they were doing.
    The ones who were left or came afterwards tried their best but you can only do so much if upper management doesn't share the same views or enthusiasm. I think a lot of people saw this coming but were surprised it took this long. The site had not been updated for quite sometime and their podcast output dropped tremendously.
    Hopefully all that were laid off can find work soon.
  2. GameGavel's Avatar
    Wow! Just heard this now. This sucks!