RIP Electronic Gaming Monthly

By Mel

Electronic Gaming Monthly is one of the old guards in the electronic gaming media. It’s been providing gamers with news and scoops on gaming for almost two decades now. It’s been publishing for so long that I always thought that I’ll be able to get copies of EGM when I’m old and gray.

But apparently the changing landscape of technology media has turned EGM from a pioneer to a victim. The Ziff-Davis owned publication will be releasing its final issue this January just shy of achieving its 20th year anniversary.

The reason for the cancellation has been attributed to a corporate reshuffling at Ziff Davis when the company sold the 1UP network to UGO Entertainment owned by Hearst Corporation.

EGM was launched March 1989 and initially covered the Sega and Nintendo systems although it also had reviewers for the Amiga, Atari and Commodore systems as well.

I think the growth of gaming blogs and gaming media sites has also contributed to the sinking sales of gaming magazines. Too bad because magazines still serve a niche audience.

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