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GamesIndustry.biz prepares for international relaunch

Mon 06 Feb 2012 5:00pm GMT / 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST
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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."

22 Comments

robert troughton
UK General Manager

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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...

Posted:2 years ago

#1
Good job guys - keep up the good work! Looking forward to the new site!

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Joe Anderson
Editor

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Nice one and congrats to all. Looking forward to the new look site with the same quality writing.

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Rupert Loman
Founder & CEO

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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.

Posted:2 years ago

#4

robert troughton
UK General Manager

221 93 0.4
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..?

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,266 2,405 1.1
Good luck, GI.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?

Posted:2 years ago

#6

Rupert Loman
Founder & CEO

139 45 0.3
Yep, the use of the comments system & the way we verify users identities will remain - but content will be visible to logged out users.

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Rupert Loman
Founder & CEO

139 45 0.3
Robert: Emailed!

Posted:2 years ago

#8

Gregore Candalez
Journalist and Account Assistant

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Flexibility and access democratization ? Hipster journalists shall enrage.

Just kidding. Terrific initiative, guys.

Posted:2 years ago

#9

Weston Sohlden

31 2 0.1
This is really exciting to see!

Posted:2 years ago

#10

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,266 2,405 1.1
Rupert, good to know. Thank you.

I can recall many times I wanted to link to a GI.biz article but knew most would not be ale to read the content. This is another step in a good direction.

Posted:2 years ago

#11

Marcin Kawa
Producer

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Can't wait to see the new version! :-)

Posted:2 years ago

#12

Jon Zorita Leza
Reporter - Journalist

1 0 0.0
Congratulations!!!!

Posted:2 years ago

#13

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

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I think forced registration was a huge mistake, good u-turn. I'll be looking forward to all the same GI greatness and more ;)

Posted:2 years ago

#14

Blazej Krakowiak
International Brand Manager

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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.

Posted:2 years ago

#15
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.

Posted:2 years ago

#16

gi biz
;,pgc.eu

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First time I heard of GI.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! :)

Posted:2 years ago

#17
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...

Posted:2 years ago

#18

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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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.

Posted:2 years ago

#19

James Wells
Gaming Contributor - digboston.com

72 32 0.4
Great news- congratulations on your growth!
If you guys ever need a Boston-based contributor, drop me a line... :)

Posted:2 years ago

#20

Cori Myers
CEO/Owner

20 1 0.1
We were very happy to report this via our podcast this morning, fantastic and congrats!

Posted:2 years ago

#21

Cori Myers
CEO/Owner

20 1 0.1
We were very happy to report this via our podcast this morning, fantastic and congrats!

Posted:2 years ago

#22

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