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GamesIndustry.biz prepares for international relaunch

IndustryGamers to merge with leading trade site as registration restrictions relaxed

GamesIndustry.biz and IndustryGamers.com are set to merge this month, relaunching the new site with added staff, tools and services.

The site will become available to all readers, with verified industry professionals still able to take advantage of advanced tools, industry-only discussions areas, a redeveloped company directory, and more.

The current network already unites more than 90,000 registered industry professionals, freelancers and students, and with the help of IndustryGamers' US audience is targeting more than 500,000 unique users per month.

With expanded teams in the UK, New York and San Francisco, the new site will be edited by veteran journalists Matt Martin and James Brightman, taking on the roles of European editor and US editor respectively.

In anticipation of the international focus, GamesIndustry.biz has appointed Melissa Brown as US sales manager, having held key roles at GameSpy Technology and GameDev.net.

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Melissa Brown joins GamesIndustry.biz from successful roles at Gamespy Technologies and GameDev.net.

"We're tremendously excited to be relaunching GamesIndustry.biz as a global site with dedicated editorial and sales support in Europe and the US," commented Rupert Loman, managing director of Eurogamer Network, which publishes GamesIndustry.biz.

"The site has an unrivalled global audience of industry professionals and is the perfect outlet for any business looking to recruit or promote their products or services to the games industry."

Brown added: "This is a fantastic opportunity to join an incredible team with a ground-breaking site. I can't wait to help GamesIndustry.biz relaunch and position itself at the centre of the US games industry."

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Latest comments (22)

robert troughton Managing Director, Coconut Lizard4 years ago
Hey Guys, we spoke last year briefly about your plans for promoting the Directory section (which we invested in) ... any plans to do that as part of this expansion..? It's something that was fairly expensive to be featured in - but which seems to have been badly under-marketed...
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D4 years ago
Good job guys - keep up the good work! Looking forward to the new site!
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Joe Anderson Editor, Shopto.net4 years ago
Nice one and congrats to all. Looking forward to the new look site with the same quality writing.
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Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network4 years ago
Hi Robert: Absolutely, the Directory (which is actually well used) is getting some love in the re-launch and we plan to make more of the fact we have such comprehensive data on so many games industry companies and people.
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robert troughton Managing Director, Coconut Lizard4 years ago
Rupert: Sounds good. We track all our website visitors - and there haven't been a whole lot from the directory to date ... could you drop me an email so that we can discuss your and our ideas..?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Good luck, GamesIndustry.biz. This site has been incredibly well run. All the major changes for the past few years have been well planned and executed. I've no doubt those characteristics will play themselves out again.

Will comments remain industry only?
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Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network4 years ago
Yep, the use of the comments system & the way we verify users identities will remain - but content will be visible to logged out users.
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Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network4 years ago
Robert: Emailed!
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Gregore Candalez Journalist and Account Manager, FD Com.4 years ago
Flexibility and access democratization ? Hipster journalists shall enrage.

Just kidding. Terrific initiative, guys.
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Weston Sohlden4 years ago
This is really exciting to see!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Rupert, good to know. Thank you.

I can recall many times I wanted to link to a GamesIndustry.biz article but knew most would not be ale to read the content. This is another step in a good direction.
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Marcin Kawa Producer, GameLoft4 years ago
Can't wait to see the new version! :-)
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Jon Zorita Leza Reporter - Journalist, VaDeJuegos4 years ago
Congratulations!!!!
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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster4 years ago
I think forced registration was a huge mistake, good u-turn. I'll be looking forward to all the same GI greatness and more ;)
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Blazej Krakowiak International Brand Manager, Techland4 years ago
Congratulations on the expansion! I can't wait to see the new version. I also didn't believe in the mandatory registration model so I see the change as positive one.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D4 years ago
Glad to see people will still have to register to post. Looking at your competitors with their non-registration, their stories are dead as far as comment and discussion goes.
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gi biz ;,pgc.eu 4 years ago
First time I heard of GamesIndustry.biz it was nothing more that a tiny amatorial website. It's amazing how big and interesting it grew in just a few years, and it looks it's not over yet! Great job, this is one of my favourite sites! :)
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Matt Martin Editor, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago
Thanks for the support everyone. Registration has been useful and a frustration at times. The whole Eurogamer Network is about refining and evolving around the internet and the games business, so we're always going to push for change, try a few experiments and continue to work hard at what we do. And bringing the US team on board is going to add a whole new element to our editorial output. Stick around, I've seen some early mocks of the new design and it is rather tasty...
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 4 years ago
Cant wait! I hope you can link to articles, rate/like them and follow people. But regardless its very good news, since I love the site so much.
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James Wells Gaming Contributor - digboston.com 4 years ago
Great news- congratulations on your growth!
If you guys ever need a Boston-based contributor, drop me a line... :)
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Cori Myers CEO/Owner, Gameinatrix.com4 years ago
We were very happy to report this via our podcast this morning, fantastic and congrats!
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Cori Myers CEO/Owner, Gameinatrix.com4 years ago
We were very happy to report this via our podcast this morning, fantastic and congrats!
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