The lights are on
Game Developer magazine, the much-loved video game design trade journal, will cease publication after the July 2013 issue. Additionally, the periodical will segue its digital publication archives to Gamasutra, where archival content will be available for free.
As part of the restructuring by parent UBM Tech, Gamasutra will feature more content written by game developers. The key projects of the magazine, including a salary survey, will be taken on by the website. Additionally, both classic and new game postmortems will appear on Gamasutra.
In addition to the layoffs at Game Developer magazine, cuts will affect Gamasutra personnel. According to their Twitter accounts, editor Brandon Sheffield and news editor Frank Cifaldi will be leaving. Our thoughts are with those affected.
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I take it that the switch to digital news outlet has hurt magazines quite a bit. A shame to see another magazine go down.
I read that wrong at first... almost had a heart attack.
I wonder where GI would be if were not for the deal with Gamestop. So many staples in gaming journalism have vanished over the years. It's odd, but expected with the rise of the internet, where any and all news can be instantly reported on.
What magazine is this? I have never heard of it before. 19 years? I would have subscribed. I guess I wasn't looking for it at the time.
At first I misread it as Gameinformer and freaked out so much.
That's depressing! I feel so sorry for those people!
I seriously never knew the magazine existed. Granted, if it weren't for Gamestop, I'd probably never would have known about GI either, since it was all PTOM, Xbox Magazine, EGM, PC Gamer, and Nintendo Power wherever I went, and usually EGM/PC Gamer wouldn't be present, and PTOM/Nintendo Power are both dying, and Xbox Magazine always includes discs so it's always unreadable unless it's a rare copy that doesn't have a disc.
There's a reason I just use the internet for my gaming news at this point.
For those confused about why you never heard of this magazine, it wasn't a gaming magazine. It was an industry magazine. People within the gaming industry knew about it because it would have articles on coding techniques, game design philosophy, and annual salary surveys from within the industry. If you only care about playing video games and not making them then this magazine would be of no interest to you.
Huh, a magazine about game development? That sounds pretty cool.
sad to hear...wish everyone well...
Too bad. I hate to see more jobs lost in this economy, and may the same never happen to GI. . .
Such a shame that everyone's moving away from writing in mags because they aren't making enough off of it.