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Casualties at GameSpot as CBS merges sites

Game site now reorganised as part of sports and music division

CBS Interactive is laying off staff over a number of its websites including GameSpot.com, as it merges titles following the acquisition of CNet.

GameSpot will now be incorporated into a single group including sports and music properties such as Last.fm and CBSSports.com

"CBS Interactive continues its integration process, which now calls for the further combination of several portions of the division into unified groups oriented around similar content," said CBS in a statement.

"This important move allows us to better align our premium content for our audiences and our advertisers, and also results in reduction in certain areas that are now duplicated in the new organisation structure.

"We believe these moves are necessary to continue building CBS Interactive into the most creative, most efficient, most profitable and fastest growing internet company in the media business."

When contacted by GamesIndustry.biz, CBS Interactive declined to comment in detail, stating: "We're not sharing specific numbers for GameSpot or CBS Interactive overall."

CBS Interactive bought CNet Networks earlier this year for around USD 1.8 billion.

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