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Type of site
|Video game journalism|
|Divisions||USgamer, Digital Foundry, GamesIndustry.biz|
|Launched||September 1999[ inconsistent ]|
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.
Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England that is part of the City of Brighton and Hove, located 47 miles (76 km) south of London.
East Sussex is a county in South East England. It is bordered by the counties of Kent to the north and east and West Sussex to the west, and to the south by the English Channel.
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),and was the first such site to subject its traffic to independent verification by the ABC Electronic system. 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."
Phase Alternating Line (PAL) is a colour encoding system for analogue television used in broadcast television systems in most countries broadcasting at 625-line / 50 field per second (576i). Other common colour encoding systems are NTSC National Television Standards Committee, ATSC Advanced Television Systems Committee, and SECAM.
Eurogamer launched on 4 September 1999.[ inconsistent ] 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.
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.
Esports is a form of competition using video games. Most commonly, esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams. Although organized online and offline competitions have long been a part of video game culture, these were largely between amateurs until the late 2000s, when participation by professional gamers and spectatorship in these events through live streaming saw a large surge in popularity. By the 2010s, esports was a significant factor in the video game industry, with many game developers actively designing toward a professional esports subculture.
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, Jim Rossignol, John Walker, Simon Parkin, Alec Meer, Richard Leadbetter, and Dan Whitehead, as well as former GamesIndustry.biz editor Rob Fahey.
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.
GamesTM was a UK-based, multi-format video games magazine, covering console, handheld, PC and Arcade games. The first issue was released in December 2002 and the magazine was still being published monthly in English and German up until the last edition was published on 1 November 2018.
Edge is a multi-format video game magazine published by Future plc in the United Kingdom, which publishes 13 issues of the magazine per year.
Eurogamer founder Rupert Loman was interviewed in February 2007 by MCV magazine.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.
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.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.
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.
In February 2018, Gamer Network was acquired by ReedPOP for an undisclosed sum.
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.
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GameSpy was a provider of online multiplayer and matchmaking middleware for video games. The company originated from a Quake fan site founded by Mark Surfas in 1996; after the release of a multiplayer server browser for the game, QSpy, Surfas licensed the software under the GameSpy brand to other video game publishers through a newly established company, GameSpy Industries, which also incorporated his Planet Network of video game news and information websites, and GameSpy.com.
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Geoff Keighley is a Canadian video game journalist and television presenter. He was most known for hosting the video game show GameTrailers TV, and for co-hosting the now-defunct G4tv.com. Keighley is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kotaku, among other publications. Keighley was the executive producer of the Spike Video Game Awards, and has served as the executive producer and host of The Game Awards since its inaugural show in 2014. He has also hosted the E3 Coliseum event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Outerlight Limited was a British video game developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company was incorporated by Christopher "Chris" Peck, Ailsa Jeannette Bates and Edward "Ed" Wilson, at the United Kingdom's Companies House, on 10 March 2003. Their first game was The Ship a mod for Half-Life 2, released for free in 2004. The game was reworked as a standalone title, under the name The Ship: Murder Party, and released commercially, independently via Steam, in July 2006. Peck described the time of The Ship's development as "a costly and soul destroying two years chasing publishing deals and failing". Retail versions of the game were distributed by Merscom and Mindscape, in North America and Europe, respectively.
Julian "Jaz" Rignall is a publishing veteran with experience launching and managing numerous video game magazines and websites. A writer and editor, Rignall has also produced content for corporate websites such as GamePro Media, publisher of GamePro magazine and GamePro.com, marketing collateral and advertising campaigns.
Paul Barnett is an English game designer who is a Global Product Director at Wargaming, working on their game World of Tanks. Before that he worked at Electronic Arts' Office of the Chief Creative Officer and was the General Manager of Mythic Entertainment, a subsidiary of EA. Barnett had a lead role in developing EA's Warhammer Online MMO in Europe.
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun (RPS) is a UK-based blog operated by Rock, Paper, Shotgun Ltd and authored by Alec Meer, Graham Smith, Brendan Caldwell, Alice Bell, Alice O'Connor, Katherine Castle, Matt Cox, John Walker, and formerly also Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol, Adam Smith, Philippa Warr and Quintin Smith. It was launched on 13 July 2007. Launched as an independent website for reporting on video games, primarily for personal computers, the site was acquired and brought into the Gamer Network, a network of sites led by Eurogamer, in May 2017; with this acquisition, Gillen and Rossignol will move on to other ventures, but all other staff will remain.
Pocket Gamer is a video game website that focuses on mobile, portable and handheld games. The site launched in 2005 and is published and owned by UK company Steel Media Ltd. The website covers all major portable and mobile gaming formats, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Nintendo Switch and others. It was one of the first to cover the iPhone gaming market. As well as the website, the publication hands out awards for handheld games to recognize them in several categories. The British newspaper The Guardian at one time syndicated a list of recommended mobile games from Pocket Gamer, especially the list of recommended games for each month. In the years since launch, Steel Media Ltd has created many brand spin-offs, including the industry-facing PocketGamer.biz site and a series of conferences called Pocket Gamer Connects.
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