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Dark Pulse
7th Jan 2009, 05:45 PM
In a news item posted by 1UP themselves, they have informed that UGO has acquired 1UP and their associated sites (http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3172156).



You may have heard the rumors in the past, but today the announcement we've all been waiting for has officially come: UGO Entertainment and parent Hearst Corporation have acquired 1UP and its associated sites GameVideos.com, MyCheats.com, and GameTab.com. 1UP and its sites now join UGO's network of gaming properties that will reach over 40 million monthly unique visitors.

IronMonkey
7th Jan 2009, 05:51 PM
It would seem that the press release does not tell the whole story:

http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2009/01/07/gone-baby-gone-ugo-1up-sold-staff-promptly-fired

I wonder what the impact will be on filefront?

hal
7th Jan 2009, 06:33 PM
Wow - I heard rumours of this a while back, but I never dreamed they'd gut the place. The 1Up podcast was one of the better gaming podcasts going on, so I'll miss that. I'm also really sad to see EGM shut down, even though I don't read the magazine anymore (perhaps that's indicative of why they are gone). I still have quite a few of the very earliest issues tucked away somewhere...

dub
8th Jan 2009, 02:59 AM
The 1Up podcast was one of the better gaming podcasts going on, so I'll miss that. I'm also really sad to see EGM shut down, even though I don't read the magazine anymore (perhaps that's indicative of why they are gone). I still have quite a few of the very earliest issues tucked away somewhere...
This.

1up had some good stuff... one of which was a nice indy games section :(

Chandler
8th Jan 2009, 03:26 AM
They fired most of the cast and crew (about 40 people in the end). There's a new podcast up at http://www.eat-sleep-game.com/news/

from a bunch of people how got fired, for anyone who is interested (Their servers are getting pounded right now though, so it may not be up.)

Dark Pulse
8th Jan 2009, 05:03 AM
Thanks for that link, IronMonkey.

Sir_Brizz
8th Jan 2009, 10:30 AM
It would seem that the press release does not tell the whole story:

http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.ars/2009/01/07/gone-baby-gone-ugo-1up-sold-staff-promptly-fired

I wonder what the impact will be on filefront?
Ziff is keeping FileFront up... for now. If FileFront goes away that will be a major blow to game file mirroring. They are one of the last few really good ones left.

JQP
8th Jan 2009, 11:28 AM
Hmm, is this why filefront is getting the Dreaded Google Label of Malicious Site thing? I was using Google image search and saw this wall between me and Filefront, and thought, "wtf? Filefront?"

shoptroll
8th Jan 2009, 11:54 AM
Ziff is keeping FileFront up... for now. If FileFront goes away that will be a major blow to game file mirroring. They are one of the last few really good ones left.

There was another good one which also had a torrent tracker which was excellent for demos. I forget which one that was :|

IronMonkey
8th Jan 2009, 12:07 PM
Ziff...

I suspect that they might be reasoning along the lines suggested by this article (Honest! I'm not on a bonus from Arstechnica :))
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090102-contemplating-the-consumerist-sale-and-the-adpocalypse.html