IGN Entertainment Acquires Gamer Network's Digital Brands, Resulting in Layoffs
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IGN Entertainment Acquires Gamer Network's Digital Brands, Resulting in Layoffs

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Recently, the gaming media industry witnessed a significant shift as IGN Entertainment acquired Gamer Network's digital brands. This acquisition includes well-known sites such as Eurogamer, GamesIndustry.biz, Rock Paper Shotgun, VG247, and Dicebreaker. However, this consolidation has not come without its consequences, as some employees, including Brendan Sinclair, the managing editor of GamesIndustry.biz, have faced layoffs.

Interestingly, the news of this acquisition was first reported on GamesIndustry.biz, one of IGN's new sites. Gamer Network, founded by Rupert and Nick Loman in 1999 alongside the launch of Eurogamer, has grown over the years to encompass a range of popular gaming sites. In addition to the aforementioned brands, Gamer Network also holds a stake in Outside Xbox, Digital Foundry, and Hookshot, which includes Nintendolife, PushSquare, PureXbox, and Time Extension.

It's worth noting that Gamer Network was previously sold to ReedPop in 2018. However, in late 2023, ReedPop announced its intention to sell Gamer Network's assets, leading to the recent acquisition by IGN. ReedPop, known for its involvement in events like E3, had plans to relaunch the iconic gaming expo in 2023 but ultimately had to cancel the event, leading to the demise of E3 the following year.

Despite the acquisition, ReedPop's Popverse comic book and geek culture site remains separate from the deal with IGN. Additionally, ReedPop will continue to operate its popular EGX and MCM conventions in the UK, along with domestic comic conventions like New York Comic Con.

This acquisition marks a significant moment in the gaming media landscape, with major players like IGN making moves to consolidate their presence in the industry. As the dust settles on this deal, it will be interesting to see how these changes impact the way gamers consume news and information in the future.


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