Geez it simply seems like all of the gaming magazine’s that we grew up on are non-existent anymore. First Gamefan followed by Play Magazine and Electronic Gaming Magazine (which made an amazing comeback electronically anyway) and finally Gamepro. Gamepro’s first magazine hit the newstands in 1989, so while it’s sad that it has come to an end at least they had a damned good run. In a nut shell the almighty dollar is the cause for the demise of the oldest gaming magazine company, simply a lack of ad revenue coming in. I guess you could chaulk that up to more and more magazines doing away with paper media and going online, which forces ad companies to also go online and secures less ad time for paper distribution. Sadly this happens right after CNN lays off their entire photography staff (See IReports), it really stinks to see media companies chopping so many jobs, especially at this time of the year.
So what happens now you ask?
As of December 5th, GamePro Media will be moving its focus towards providing custom content for vendors and events, such as E3 newsletters, for example. Any visitors of Gamepro.com at that time will be redirected to PCWorld.com (Why PCWorld?).
GamePro, like all businesses, must keep up with industry changes and economic realities. [GamePro President] Marci Yamaguchi and her colleagues have tremendous expertise in the games arena, and now they will be putting that knowledge to work for the brands that gamers love. Look for GamePro Custom Solutions to be blazing new trails in online branding for the game industry, providing gamers with deeper, richer interactions with the companies and titles they most want to know about.
We at the OuterHaven want to wish everyone at Gamepro the very best and want to thank them for the many years of providing us with all the gaming goodies they covered throughout the years.