GamePolitics shutting down

Entertainment Consumers Association pulls the plug on specialist gaming site after 11 years

Another specialist gaming site is shutting down. GamePolitics managing editor James Fudge today announced that after 11 years, the straight-forwardly named site devoted to the intersection of video games and politics will be going offline for good.

"We did not make this decision lightly and have agonized over the direction of the site for months," Fudge said. "Ultimately we decided that it was not fair to our readers to give them less than 100 percent, and that is something we haven't been able to do for several months due to outside commitments required to make a living and feed our families."

The site will no longer be updated as of April 18, and will go dark shortly thereafter.

GamePolitics was founded by Dennis McCauley in 2005 as a side gig to his work at the Philadelphia Enquirer, and was acquired by the Entertainment Consumers Association late the next year. The site chronicled a flurry of attempts by US politicians to legislate violent and/or sexually explicit games at the time, most notably a California bill that prompted the Supreme Court's 2011 decision affirming First Amendment protections for video games.

Related stories

Paradox taking control of White Wolf after Vampire: The Masquerade LGBTQ+ controversy

Tabletop dev will “no longer function as a separate entity” after “crude and disrespectful” use of Chechnya's anti-gay purges

By James Batchelor

Brexit draft agreement “not ideal” for UK games industry

Trade bodies and other industry organisations warn of further uncertainty following Prime Minister's proposed withdrawal deal

By James Batchelor

Latest comments (6)

Chris Payne Managing Director & Founder, Quantum Soup Studios2 years ago
That's a shame, I used to read them quite frequently - although that was back when Jack Thompson was actively campaigning against the industry. Once he was disbarred and games declared First Amendment protected, there seemed to be a lot less for them to report on, other than the ongoing 38 Studios court case. Also I must confess to getting most of my news here at lately.

Hope the team have exciting new projects to move on to...
4Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Emily Rose Freelance Artist 2 years ago
Ouch, this is the first I've heard of them, seems like it would have been a good read.

Best of luck to all the staff.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Emily Rose on 5th April 2016 6:34am

1Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
This saddens me deeply. They were my first source of serious and professional-level information along with this very site. They will be missed.
2Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Show all comments (6)
Jordan Lund Columnist 2 years ago
After Jack Thompson dried up and blew away and Leland Yee got arrested and thrown in prison, there's probably not a lot for them to report on.

Seriously... Leland Yee, the anti-gaming guy in California busted for racketeering and gun smuggling(!)
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Axel Cushing Freelance Writer 2 years ago
This is a damned shame. They usually had good content and a very no-nonsense style I liked. I understand all too well the need to keep family fed and the house from being yanked out from under you. Here's hoping that somebody takes up their banner soon. Just because the likes of Jack Thompson and Leland Yee are out of the picture doesn't mean there aren't plenty of stories that deserve the sort of coverage GP provided.

To the staff of GP: my compliments, ladies and gentlemen, for a job well done.
1Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 2 years ago
This is a real shame... I wonder who'll bring the expose we all know is out there to write, on which games are being used for money laundering and where that money goes.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.