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Electronic Gaming Monthly to return in 2009

Original founder Steve Harris purchases trademark and publishing rights from Ziff-Davis, plans re-launch

Electronic Gaming Monthly founder Steve Harris has re-acquired the recently-cancelled US enthusiast magazine, and plans to re-launch it this year.

Harris - who sold the magazine rights to publisher Ziff-Davis in 1996 - has re-purchased "certain assets" that include trademarks and publishing rights, and has announced his intention to re-introduce the publication in the second half of 2009.

"The re-launch of Electronic Gaming Monthly represents a welcome opportunity to continue delivering quality content to gaming enthusiasts," said Harris. "I feel honoured to once again be associated with this respected magazine. The talented writers and designers who built upon EGM's original vision have left behind a publication that is uniquely positioned to be successful."

After two decades on the market, Electronic Gaming Monthly was shut down when UGO Entertainment purchased online enthusiast publication 1UP.com and its associated websites. EGM, the only print publication still produced by Ziff-Davis' videogame division, was not a part of that deal, and was immediately cancelled.

"We have exciting plans for the evolution of what will once again be a leading independent voice for the gaming community," Harris continued. "The twenty year success of the EGM brand has always been built upon a commitment to its readers who I believe will enthusiastically embrace the changes we are planning to introduce."

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