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TVG.com closes after 14 years

"Google left us high and dry" in 2011 on top of increased competition, says site

Totalvideogames.com has closed down after more than 14 years, with the site blaming increased competition and search giant Google for a tough 2011.

"It's with much regret and a heavy heart that we're announcing the closure of Totalvideogames.com (TVG) today," said the site.

"After a particularly difficult year in 2011 where Google left us high and dry and our competitors grew ever fiercer, we felt it was the right time to hang up the site's boots as the world we once knew of internet games journalism makes way for a new generation of young hopefuls at leveraged networks of sites and blogs."

The games media landscape is changing in 2012, with a number of high profile departures from Joystiq and Kotaku moving to Vox Media to start a new gaming site.

Today, Ars Technica's Ben Kuchera announced he was leaving the site to join Penny Arcade, while last week VentureBeat confirmed it has bought out BitMob, adding Dan Hsu as new editor-in-chief of the games channel.

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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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