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GamePro closes after 22 years

Site and magazine to close, staff to be laid off

GamePro, the US video game magazine and its accompanying website, is to close after more than 20 years on the market.

The title was first launched in 1989, moved online in 1996 and most recently moved the print version to a quarterly format. But due to the weak advertising market, parent company IDG has decided to close the publication and lay off staff.

"Despite doubling our uniques and page views year on year, GamePro has been shut down," said editor Jaz Rignall via Twitter.

The website will redirect to PCWorld.com as of December 5 and the GamePro Media division will focus on contract publishing.

"The US editorial and business staff worked hard to earn a passionate, loyal following for GamePro and I am grateful for their dedication and hard work over the years," commented Mike Kisseberth, IDG's head of consumer and small business group.

"GamePro, like all businesses, must keep up with industry changes and economic realities. Look for GamePro Custom Solutions to be blazing new trails in online branding for the game industry, providing gamers with deeper, richer interactions with the companies."

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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