It look slike 1-up, Gamespy and UGO are shutting down. Yesterday, IGN laid off a substantial amount of editorial employees. It seems that new parent company Ziff Davis is wasting no time making changes. An IGN memo read
"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."
In addition to the likely demise of its subsidiaries, IGN is also looking to sell IPL , their e-sports network as the "new" plan is to cover ALL e-sporting events.
Below is a quote from Ziff Davis CEO Vivek Shah reguarding the layoffs.
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.
If you're one the the employees effected by the layoffs, best of luck!