Eurogamer

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Eurogamer
Official Eurogamer logo.svg
Type of site
Video game journalism
Owner
EditorOli Welsh
Divisions USgamer, Digital Foundry, GamesIndustry.biz
Website eurogamer.net
Alexa rankIncrease2.svg 1,671 (As of 19 March 2019) [1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional (free)
LaunchedSeptember 1999;19 years ago (1999-09)[ inconsistent ] [2] [3]
Current statusActive

Eurogamer is a website focused on video game journalism, reviews, and other features. It is operated by Gamer Network Ltd. with headquarters in Brighton, East Sussex. It was formed in 1999 by brothers Rupert and Nick Loman while they were in secondary school.

Video game journalism is a branch of journalism concerned with the reporting and discussion of video games, typically based on a core "reveal–preview–review" cycle. There has been recent growth in online publications and blogs.

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Contents

Gamer Network states that the site has the largest readership of any independent videogames website in Europe (over 5.7 million unique users in November 2011), [4] and was the first such site to subject its traffic to independent verification by the ABC Electronic system. [5] The site primarily caters to a UK/Ireland audience; Gamer Network operates other sites using the Eurogamer brand that caters to other European countries.

Most of its reviews are of European or PAL releases of games. In February 2015, Eurogamer dropped its 10-point scale review scores system in favour of a "recommendation system," where games would either receive no specific recommendation or awards for being "Recommended," "Essential" or "Avoid." [6]

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Staff

Kristan Reed served as Eurogamer's editor from 2002 to 2008. Kristan Reed.jpg
Kristan Reed served as Eurogamer's editor from 2002 to 2008.
Tom Bramwell edited Eurogamer since the beginning of 2008 and worked on the site since 2000. He left in 2014. Tom Bramwell 2006.jpg
Tom Bramwell edited Eurogamer since the beginning of 2008 and worked on the site since 2000. He left in 2014.

Eurogamer launched on 4 September 1999.[ inconsistent ] [2] [7] [8] Among its founders were Rupert Loman, a Quake and esports community organiser; John Bye, a PlanetQuake team member and a writer for the British magazine PC Gaming World ; and Patrick Stokes, a contributor for the website Warzone. [8]

Rupert Loman is the co-founder and current CEO of Gamer Network. Rupert founded the company, formerly known as Eurogamer Network, in 1999 whilst he was still in high school. He lives and works in Brighton, England. He was a founding trustee of GamesAid, a games industry charity. In 2012 he was appointed as a Vice President of the SpecialEffect charity.

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Eurogamer's current editor is Oli Welsh, who took over the role from Tom Bramwell in September 2014. The editor prior to Bramwell was Kristan Reed. Contributors to the site include past or present writers from PC Gamer , GamesTM , Edge , and Rock, Paper, Shotgun, such as Kieron Gillen, [9] Jim Rossignol, [10] John Walker, [11] Simon Parkin, [12] Alec Meer, [13] Richard Leadbetter, [14] and Dan Whitehead, [15] as well as former GamesIndustry.biz editor Rob Fahey. [16]

PC Gamer is a magazine founded in the United Kingdom in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future plc. The magazine has several regional editions, with the UK and US editions becoming the best selling PC games magazines in their respective countries. The magazine features news on developments in the video game industry, previews of new games, and reviews of the latest popular PC games, along with other features relating to hardware, mods, "classic" games and various other topics.

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In the media

Eurogamer founder Rupert Loman was interviewed in February 2007 by MCV magazine. [17] He was also featured in the Sunday Telegraph on 19 August 2007, speaking about the experience he has gained from choosing to run Eurogamer instead of attending university.

Awards

At the Games Media Awards, Eurogamer won the categories of Best Games Website – News, and Best Games Website – Reviews & Features in 2007. The two awards were consolidated in 2008 and the site went on to win the new award for Best Games Website every year it was awarded, from 2008 to 2013, making it the only website to win the award in its history.

Deputy Editor Tom Bramwell won Best Writer in Specialist Digital Media and Eurogamer TV editor Johnny Minkley won Best Games-Dedicated Broadcast on Mainstream TV or Radio in 2007. [18] News editor Wesley Yin-Poole won Best News Writer in 2014.

Rupert Loman was winner of Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 at the Sussex Business Awards and The Observer's "One to Watch" in Media 2007. He was also selected as one of 30 "Young Guns" by Growing Business magazine in October 2008.

Subsidiaries

Eurogamer is the principal site of the Gamer Network family of video game-related websites which it has either launched or acquired. Many of its sister sites were started with language/country-specific sites through 2006 to 2012. Eurogamer Germany. This was followed up with Eurogamer France in June 2007, Eurogamer Portugal in May 2008, Eurogamer Netherlands in August 2008, Eurogamer Spain and Eurogamer Italy in October 2008, Eurogamer Romania in March 2009, Eurogamer Czech in May 2009, Eurogamer Denmark in June 2009, Eurogamer Belgium in August 2009, Eurogamer Sweden in April 2010 and Eurogamer Poland in November 2012. In April 2011, Eurogamer Netherlands and Eurogamer Belgium merged to form Eurogamer Benelux. Eurogamer Romania closed down in 2011. In November 2012, Eurogamer launched their first non-European site, Brasilgamer. [19]

In February 2018, Gamer Network was acquired by ReedPOP for an undisclosed sum. [20]

Other sites under the Gamer Network include:

Eurogamer has hosted the Digital Foundry channel since 2007. Digital Foundry evaluates video game hardware and software from a technical level, often comparing performances of the same game across different platforms.

In February 2018, ReedPOP, a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions that runs the PAX conventions, acquired the Gamer Network and its network of sites as to expanding into digital news and editorial content, as well as EGX, the largest video game convention in the United Kingdom. No immediate changes were expected at Eurogamer and other sites on the Gamer Network. [27]

Notes and references

  1. "Eurogamer.net Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Alexa Internet . Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. 1 2 "The Eurogamer Staff". 17 August 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. "EuroGamer.net WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS . Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  4. Product Page. ABC.
  5. The ABC Electronic Website. Abce.org.uk.
  6. "Eurogamer has dropped review scores". Eurogamer.net. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  7. Loman, Rupert (4 September 1999). "Welcome to EuroGamer". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 20 April 2001.
  8. 1 2 Administrator (4 September 1999). "EuroGamer opens!". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012.
  9. "Kieron Gillen • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  10. "Jim Rossignol • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  11. "John Walker • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  12. "Simon Parkin • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  13. "Alec Meer • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  14. "Richard Leadbetter • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  15. "Dan Whitehead • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  16. "Rob Fahey • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  17. The Euro(gamer) vision | Games industry news | MCV Archived 5 February 2013 at WebCite . Mcvuk.com.
  18. Ellie Gibson. "Eurogamer wins awards".
  19. • Notícias, análises de videogames, vídeos e fórum •. Brasilgamer.com.br.
  20. "Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network has been bought by PAX operator ReedPOP". 26 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  21. "Websites". Gamer Network. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  22. "USgamer". Gamer Network. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  23. "Gamer Network expands US sales, editorial teams". Gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  24. "Gamer Network media partnership news" . Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  25. Pearson, Dan (3 May 2017). "Gamer Network acquires Rock, Paper, Shotgun". GamesIndustry.biz . Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  26. "Push Square - Websites". Gamer Network . Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  27. Frank, Allegra (26 February 2018). "PAX organizer acquires USgamer, Eurogamer and more". Polygon . Retrieved 26 February 2018.

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