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LiK
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(02-21-2013, 06:27 PM)
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Jose Otero just announced he was laid off. Can we expect more?

I hope everyone affected will get a new gig soon.

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UPDATE

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/21/ign-layoffs/

IGN was hit with editorial layoffs today, with sites 1UP, UGO and Gamespy expected to be shut down.

"We are focusing on our two flagship brands, IGN and AskMen. Unfortunately, as a result, we have made the decision to close sites and restructure our teams accordingly," a company spokesperson confirmed to Joystiq.

The news comes less that a month after IGN was purchased by j2 Global through its Ziff Davis subsidiary.

End of an era.

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The memo

http://www.polygon.com/2013/2/21/401...-shutting-down

Today, we took some difficult but important actions that will ensure the continued growth and health of IGN and AskMen. Before I go into more details about the changes, you should know that they resulted in the elimination of jobs at IGN. It's always upsetting to say goodbye to colleagues and let's do what we can to help these employees as they seek new opportunities.

It's also important for you to know that we are absolutely confident that we now have the best structure and team to successfully move the company forward and that there are no further planned reductions.

The changes we made today are designed to allow us to Simplify and Focus. Our goal is to do fewer things and to do them exceptionally well. In that vein, we want to direct all of our energy and work behind our two flagship brands: IGN and AskMen. They are both category killers and share a vision of a multi-screen (PCs, tablets, smartphones, TV) and multi-format (text, photos and video) world.

As a result of our decision to focus on our core brands, we are:
Winding down 1UP.com, UGO.com and GameSpy.com;
No longer ad repping 3rd party sites such as GameStop.com and FamilyGuy.com;
Actively engaged with parties interested in acquiring IPL. IGN's role going forward will be to broadcast and cover a variety of eSports events;
Dividing our ad sales team into two: one focused on IGN and the other focused on AskMen.

On the IGN front, Peer Schneider will continue to oversee all of editorial and product, focusing those resources exclusively on IGN. The foundation of this entire company is its content and we will continue to have the best people in the industry producing it.

Charlie Barrett will oversee the monetization of IGN everywhere in the U.S. - PCs, tablets, smartphones, YouTube, consoles - and now be able to concentrate the sales and ad ops teams' efforts where they can make the most impact.

Frank Puma will assume an exciting new role as executive director of programs and solutions, reporting to Charlie. The sales development, design and creative teams will report to Frank, whose charge is to deliver world-class advertising experiences.

A new head of engineering and technology for IGN will be recruited as quickly as possible. Tech has a monumental role to play in the growth of IGN and will be committed to working hand-in-glove with edit, product and sales.

On the AskMen front, Ric Poupada will continue to oversee all aspects of the AskMen organization and is excited to have a new VP of sales, Paul Chenier, reporting to him. Paul has been a longtime advocate of the AskMen brand and is one of the most talented sales executives in our organization. Having him build a dedicated AskMen ad sales team will do wonders for the business.

Ian Chambers will continue to run International out of the UK for both IGN and AskMen and we're thrilled with the performance of our businesses overseas.

Mike Etheridge will be the VP of finance and operations for IGN and AskMen, working across all of the departments to ensure that we're growing our business, expanding our margins and making metric-based decisions.

Rachelle Igoe will be the head of human resources for IGN and AskMen, ensuring that we continue to nurture, attract and retain the best talent in the industry.

I'm sure that there will be a number of questions in the days and weeks ahead but please know that we will be a better functioning and nimbler organization from this moment forward.

Last edited by LiK; 02-21-2013 at 08:03 PM.
Vyse The Legend
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(02-21-2013, 06:27 PM)
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Aren't there like 4 people at 1up?
thekonamicode
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(02-21-2013, 06:28 PM)
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This is highly unfortunate. I love Otero's work on 1UP. I hope he lands on his feet soon, because he's a great writer/commentator.
LiK
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(02-21-2013, 06:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by thekonamicode

This is highly unfortunate. I love Otero's work on 1UP. I hope he lands on his feet soon, because he's a great writer/commentator.

loved his podcasts for 1up. another show bites the dust.
Kyari
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(02-21-2013, 06:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by LiK

Jose Otero just announced he was laid off. Can we expect more?

I hope everyone affected will get a new gig soon.

I haven't followed 1up since the 1upocalypse. Who all was still working there?
DoctorWho
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(02-21-2013, 06:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by Vyse The Legend

Aren't there like 4 people at 1up?

I'm worried 1up might just be wiped out altogether.
Goldmund
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(02-21-2013, 06:29 PM)
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Who is left besides Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey?
GraveRobberX
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(02-21-2013, 06:29 PM)
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"What IGN can learn from IGN Layoffs"
V_Ben
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(02-21-2013, 06:29 PM)
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Inevitable when they were bought, but still... Poor people.
Chacranajxy
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(02-21-2013, 06:30 PM)
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It was bound to happen after Ziff took the reins, but still, it sucks. Jose did some good work for 1Up and seems like a cool dude. Hope those affected can sort things out.
Last edited by Chacranajxy; 02-21-2013 at 06:32 PM.
iiicon
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(02-21-2013, 06:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Matt Rorie

Hey anyone need an editor?

This is from his twitter account, so I assume he's gone too. Rorie can't catch a break.
LiK
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(02-21-2013, 06:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by iiicon

This is from his twitter account, so I assume he's gone too. Rorie can't catch a break.

fucking hell
haunts
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(02-21-2013, 06:32 PM)
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Jose Otero is the man.
catotheyounger
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(02-21-2013, 06:32 PM)
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Mathew Rorie one of them? From his twitter, @frailgesture: "Hey anyone need an editor?"

/beaten. Poor dude. Can't catch a break.
Prezhulio
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(02-21-2013, 06:32 PM)
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if chuf gets laid off AGAIN because of this...bleh

condolences for everybody involved.
Therealbeatris
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(02-21-2013, 06:33 PM)
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Bummer, he was getting Games Dammit back on track too!
mattiewheels
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(02-21-2013, 06:34 PM)
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Jose never got to rename the podcast :'(
DevelopmentArrested
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(02-21-2013, 06:34 PM)
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Rip retronauts :(
JDSN
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(02-21-2013, 06:35 PM)
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They better not fire Chuff.
The Dutch Slayer
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(02-21-2013, 06:36 PM)
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And Rorie he just got a job ! :O

rakhir
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(02-21-2013, 06:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by The Dutch Slayer

And Rorie he just got a job ! :O

Yeah, didn't he start like two months ago? God damn!
mikespit1200
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(02-21-2013, 06:37 PM)

Originally Posted by catotheyounger

Mathew Rorie one of them? From his twitter, @frailgesture: "Hey anyone need an editor?"

/beaten. Poor dude. Can't catch a break.

Didn't he JUST get hired? Like weeks ago?

edit: beaten
smr00
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(02-21-2013, 06:37 PM)
Although i haven't cared for 1up or visited 1up in like 5 years it's always shitty to see someone lose their job.
RiccochetJ
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(02-21-2013, 06:37 PM)
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Why would IGN even bother with letting Gamespy hire if they're going to pull shit like this? I've seen crap like this where the higher ups make like everything is business as usual when they're actually planning on doing a reduction. It fucks with people's lives.
jediyoshi
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(02-21-2013, 06:38 PM)
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So many nails on the 1up podcast coffin by now
DaBuddaDa
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(02-21-2013, 06:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by RiccochetJ

Why would IGN even bother with letting Gamespy hire if they're going to pull shit like this? I've seen crap like this where the higher ups make like everything is business as usual when they're actually planning on doing a reduction. It fucks with people's lives.

The hiring of Rorie was pre-Ziff Davis buyout.
CrunchinJelly
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(02-21-2013, 06:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by The Dutch Slayer

And Rorie he just got a job ! :O

What in the fuck? God damn it.

So are they closing GameSpy , 1UP and UGO?
Darklord
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(02-21-2013, 06:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by The Dutch Slayer

And Rorie he just got a job ! :O

Didn't he join Gamespy as Senior editor?!
LiK
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(02-21-2013, 06:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by CrunchinJelly

What in the fuck? God damn it.

So are they closing GameSpy , 1UP and UGO?

UGO is confirmed dead today.
Dug
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(02-21-2013, 06:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Darklord

Didn't he join Gamespy as Senior editor?!

Yup. Recently too.
RiccochetJ
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(02-21-2013, 06:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by DaBuddaDa

The hiring of Rorie was pre-Ziff Davis buyout.

Ahh, that makes sense. I forgot about that.
massoluk
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(02-21-2013, 06:40 PM)
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Tragic how far they have fallen since their golden years with like cast of thousands in 1Up Shows :\
WickedCobra03
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(02-21-2013, 06:43 PM)
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Jose and Rorie... yeah, I really liked the both of them. Jose I have been a fan of for awhile, and after Rorie came back to writing for games after being canned from Screened, I actually started visiting Gamespy again to read his stuff? What about Sharkey or Perish?
mattiewheels
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(02-21-2013, 06:43 PM)
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Wait a sec...if Jose is gone, and unless they hired someone recently which I doubt, they have three people left: Jeremy, Bob and Marty Saliva, right? So if they closed UGO but kept 1UP open, I guess they're cool with just having three guys run it all?
Visualante2
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(02-21-2013, 06:45 PM)
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Jose was cool, liked him on the Retronauts lunch breaks.

It might be time to start the plans for Retronauts patches before it's all over.
Harlock
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(02-21-2013, 06:45 PM)
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Jose Otero is a cool humble guy. Good luck.
entrement
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(02-21-2013, 06:46 PM)
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Best of luck to all. Great people.
Big Papa Husker
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(02-21-2013, 06:47 PM)
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Man that sucks! I was a big fan of Jose's podcasts.
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(02-21-2013, 06:47 PM)
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Soooooo sad. :(

pje122
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(02-21-2013, 06:48 PM)
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Oh no! What about Games, Dammit???
CrunchinJelly
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(02-21-2013, 06:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by LiK

UGO is confirmed dead today.

Yeah but looking at this I wouldn't be surprised if 1up and GameSpy are dead also.
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(02-21-2013, 06:50 PM)
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Wait 1up is still alive? Haven't been here in ages

Also giantbomb should just here Rorie I have no idea why they haven't already
Hakkesshu
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(02-21-2013, 06:51 PM)
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Isn't Ryan Scott at Gamespy as well? What a messed up fucking industry.
VE3TRO
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(02-21-2013, 06:51 PM)
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What the fuck is happening. What's causing all this now?
Ghost_Protocol
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(02-21-2013, 06:51 PM)
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This is why I would never work in that industry. Everyone is expendable.
LiK
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(02-21-2013, 06:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by CrunchinJelly

Yeah but looking at this I wouldn't be surprised if 1up and GameSpy are dead also.

i think so too. I wonder if the rest who survive from this will just get put into IGN.
tim.mbp
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(02-21-2013, 06:57 PM)
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Originally Posted by LiK

i think so too. I wonder if the rest who survive from this will just get put into IGN.

I'm guessing they will survive, but with one or two editors and the rest low payed freelancers.
PatientRain
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(02-21-2013, 07:03 PM)
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I don't fully understand the relationship between 1up and IGN. At this point, wouldn't 1up benefit from being incorporated more directly into IGN? I get that Gamespot bought Giantbomb and those two exist as discrete web presences, but Giantbomb is thriving, and what it does is really different qualitatively from Gamespot. I feel like 1up could use the bump.
Rodhull
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(02-21-2013, 07:04 PM)
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Originally Posted by Hakkesshu

Isn't Ryan Scott at Gamespy as well? What a messed up fucking industry.

No he left of his own accord a while ago. I think he does some freelance work now.
thirtytwoutside
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(02-21-2013, 07:05 PM)
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As a former employee of the Ziff Davis 1UP (the first one), this saddens me.

Many of my friends still work in the industry, whether they're on the media or development side. Most of them are extremely talented individuals. But I got as far away possible (career-wise) from that mess... for this very reason.
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