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Eurogamer is a British video game journalism website owned by Gamer Network, both formed alongside each other in 1999. Its editor-in-chief is Martin Robinson. Its sister site, USGamer.net, ran from 2013 to 2020.
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Type of site
|Video game journalism|
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|Launched||4 September 1999|
Eurogamer (initially stylised as EuroGamer) was launched on 4 September 1999. The founding team included John "Gestalt" Bye, the webmaster for the PlanetQuake website and a writer for British magazine PC Gaming World; Patrick "Ghandi" Stokes, a contributor for the website Warzone; and Rupert "rauper" Loman, who had organised the EuroQuake esports event for the game Quake.
In January 2008, Tom Bramwell overtook the role of editor-in-chief from Kristan Reed, remaining in that role until he resigned in November 2014. Since then, Oli Welsh served as editor for Eurogamer.
In February 2015, Eurogamer dropped its ten-point scale for review scores in favour of a system intended to highlight games the team felt particularly strongly about. This now results in most games being labelled either 'Essential', 'Recommended' or 'Avoid', with others (typically those with some pleasing qualities, but also important drawbacks) receiving no label at all. The decision was driven by doubt about the usefulness of the previous system and its desire to be delisted from Metacritic, an online review aggregator that Eurogamer opposes for its "unhealthy influence" on the games industry.
Eurogamer is the principal site of the Gamer Network family of video game-related websites. It has several regional sub-outlets:
- Eurogamer.cz for the Czech Republic.
- Eurogamer.de for Germany; launched in co-operation with Extent Media on 24 August 2006 to coincide with that year's Games Convention exhibition.
- Eurogamer.dk for Denmark; launched in June 2009 and headed by Kristian West.
- Eurogamer.es for Spain.
- Eurogamer.it for Italy.
- Eurogamer Benelux for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg; launched in August 2008 and headed by Steven De Leeuw.
- Eurogamer.pl for Poland.
- Eurogamer.pt for Portugal; launched in partnership with LusoPlay in May 2008.
- Digital Foundry, founded in 2004, has been hosted on Eurogamer since 2007 and is led by Richard Leadbetter. It performs technical analyses of games.
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- Martin, Matt (14 January 2008). "Bramwell steps up to editor role at Eurogamer.net". GamesIndustry.biz.
- Yin-Poole, Wesley (28 November 2014). "Eurogamer vs Tom Bramwell". Eurogamer.
- Eurogamer staff (17 August 2010). "The Eurogamer Staff". Eurogamer.
- Bowden, Mike (20 October 2008). "Loman on EE2008: "Our biggest inspiration is probably the Penny Arcade Expo"". VG247.
- "This Is What Video Games Are: A Dispatch From A Crowded Gaming Expo". Kotaku Australia. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
- CALVIN, ALEX (23 February 2015). "Why Eurogamer ditched review scores". MCV/Develop. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
- Welsh, Oli (10 February 2015). "Eurogamer has dropped review scores". Eurogamer.
- "Please Stop Closing Forums And Moving People To Discord". Kotaku. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
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- "Eurogamer.de". Eurogamer.de.
- Bramwell, Tom (4 August 2006). "Eurogamer.de announced". Eurogamer.
- "Eurogamer.dk". Eurogamer.dk.
- Gibson, Ellie (25 June 2009). "Eurogamer Denmark launches". Eurogamer.
- "Eurogamer.es". Eurogamer.es.
- "Eurogamer.it". Eurogamer.it.
- "Eurogamer Benelux". Eurogamer.nl.
- Bramwell, Tom (18 August 2008). "Eurogamer Benelux launches!". Eurogamer.
- "Eurogamer.pl". Eurogamer.pl.
- "Eurogamer.pl". Eurogamer.pl.
- Gibson, Ellie (21 May 2008). "New Eurogamer Portugal site launches". Eurogamer.
- "Help & Frequently Asked Questions". Digital Foundry.
- Loureiro, Jorge (1 March 2013). "Eurogamer Network é agora Gamer Network" [Eurogamer Network is now Gamer Network]. Eurogamer.pt (in Portuguese).
- Eurogamer staff (25 October 2007). "Eurogamer France launches!". Eurogamer.
- "Eurogamer.ro". Eurogamer.ro. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010.
- Göransson, Andréas (11 December 2016). "Eurogamer.se lägger ner – tack för att du läste" [Eurogamer.se closes – thank you for reading]. Eurogamer.se (in Swedish).