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Gamer Network Limited (formerly Eurogamer Network Limited) is a British mass media company based in Brighton, England. Founded in 1999 by Rupert and Nick Loman, it owns brands—primarily editorial websites—relating to video game journalism and other video game businesses. Its flagship website, Eurogamer, was launched alongside the company. In February 2018, Gamer Network was acquired by ReedPOP.

Gamer Network Limited
Formerly
Eurogamer Network Limited (1999–2013)
Subsidiary
IndustryMass media
Founded1999; 20 years ago (1999)
Founders
  • Rupert Loman
  • Nick Loman
Headquarters,
England
Key people
  • Rupert Loman (CEO)
  • Simon Maxwell (MD)
ParentReedPOP (2018–present)
Websitegamer-network.net

It is also the EGX trade fair organiser.[1]

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HistoryEdit

Gamer Network was founded under the name Eurogamer Network in 1999 by brothers Rupert and Nick Loman.[2] It was formed alongside the opening of its flagship website, Eurogamer, which itself launched on 4 September 1999.[2][3] Nick Loman left the business in 2004 to pursue a career in medicine and "competitive BBQ".[4]

In February 2011, Eurogamer Network acquired American publishing house Hammersuit, alongside its IndustryGamers.com and Modojo.com websites.[5] On 1 March 2013, in line with the international expansion, Eurogamer Network announced that it had changed its name to Gamer Network.[6] As part of the rebranding, Eurogamer Events was renamed Gamer Events, while Hammersuit also adopted the Gamer Network name.[6] In October, Simon Maxwell was promoted from group publishing director to chief operating officer.[7]

On 26 February 2018, it was announced that ReedPOP, the division of Reed Exhibitions that organises video game exhibitions like PAX, had acquired Gamer Network.[2] While Rupert Loman remained Gamer Network's chief executive officer, Maxwell became the company's managing director and a vice-president for ReedPOP's UK operations.[2][8]

BrandsEdit

Editorial websitesEdit

  • Eurogamer – Gamer Network's flagship website for video game news; launched in 1999 alongside the company.[2]
  • GamesIndustry.biz – A website focused on the business aspects of the video game industry; launched in under Eurogamer Network in 2002.[9]
  • Metabomb – A video game news website with emphasis on esports; launched under Gamer Network in 2013.[10]
  • Nintendo Life – A website focused on Nintendo game news; launched in 2005 and partnered with Eurogamer Network in 2011.[11][12]
  • Outside Xbox – A YouTube channel focusing Xbox game news; launched in 2012 by Eurogamer Network and Andy Farrant, Mike Channell and Jane Douglas, three editors of other Xbox-focused outlets.[13]
  • Push Square – A website focused in PlayStation game news; launched in 2012 by Nintendo Life and Sammy Barker.[14]
  • Road to VR – A video game news website with emphasis on virtual reality; launched by Ben Lang in 2011 and partnered with Gamer Network in 2017.[15][16]
  • Rock, Paper, Shotgun – A website focused on personal computer game news launched in 2007 by Kieron Gillen, Alec Meer, John Walker and Jim Rossignol; partnered with Eurogamer Network in 2010 and acquired by it in 2017.[17][18]
  • USgamer (USG) – A sister site to Eurogamer helmed by American staff; launched in 2013.[19]
  • VG247 – A video game news site formed in 2008 in a partnership between Eurogamer Network and Patrick Garratt.[20]
  • Video Games Chronicle (VGC) – A spiritual successor to magazine Computer and Video Games; launched in partnership with Gamer Network in 2019 by a team led by Andy Robinson.[21]

OtherEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Privacy Policy • EGX 2019". www.egx.net. Retrieved 10 August 2019. Gamer Network Ltd (the owner and operator of EGX.net) is a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions Ltd.
  2. ^ a b c d e Frank, Allegra (26 February 2018). "PAX organizer acquires USgamer, Eurogamer and more". Polygon. Archived from the original on 17 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  3. ^ Eurogamer staff (4 September 1999). "EuroGamer opens!". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  4. ^ "History – About". Gamer Network. Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  5. ^ MCV Staff (21 February 2011). "Eurogamer acquires Hammersuit". MCV.
  6. ^ a b Parfitt, Ben. "Eurogamer Network is no more as it rebrands to Gamer Network". MCV. Archived from the original on 4 March 2013.
  7. ^ MCV Staff (22 October 2013). "Simon Maxwell becomes Gamer Network COO". MCV.
  8. ^ Dring, Christopher (26 February 2018). "PAX organiser ReedPop acquires Gamer Network". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  9. ^ Fahey, Rob (9 June 2017). "Launching GamesIndustry.biz: 15 years ago". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  10. ^ Bedford, John (17 May 2013). "Welcome to Metabomb!". Metabomb.
  11. ^ Dickens, Anthony (7 November 2005). "Our Nintendo Life Begins..." Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  12. ^ Dickens, Anthony (9 September 2011). "Site News: A Better Nintendo Life". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on 27 September 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  13. ^ Weber, Rachel (15 August 2012). "Eurogamer launches new dedicated Xbox website". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  14. ^ Newton, James (2 February 2012). "Push Square is Open for Business!". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on 4 May 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  15. ^ Lang, Ben (13 October 2011). "Following the Road to Virtual Reality". Road to VR. Archived from the original on 21 November 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  16. ^ James, Paul (31 May 2017). "Road to VR Partners with Eurogamer Parent Company Gamer Network". Road to VR. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  17. ^ Martin, Matt (1 June 2010). "Eurogamer strikes Rock, Paper, Shotgun partnership". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  18. ^ Pearson, Dan (3 May 2017). "Gamer Network acquires Rock, Paper, Shotgun". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on 28 June 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  19. ^ Owen, Dave (16 December 2013). "Gamer Network websites record 20 million unique visitors in November 2013". VG247. Archived from the original on 3 October 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  20. ^ Garratt, Patrick (1 February 2011). "It's our third birthday – welcome to the new VG247". VG247. Archived from the original on 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  21. ^ Dealessandri, Marie (5 April 2019). "CVG veterans form games news website Video Games Chronicle". MCV. Archived from the original on 21 April 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  22. ^ a b MCV Staff (21 July 2005). "Mod DB and Indie DB join Eurogamer parent Gamer Network". MCV.
  23. ^ Helps, Rachel (30 July 2012). "ModDB celebrates 10 years of modding". Kill Screen.
  24. ^ Tim (19 June 2010). "ModDB Launches Indie Community Site IndieDB". Indie Games Plus.
  25. ^ Wallace, Jamie (9 July 2016). "Introducing a weekly deals roundup from Jelly Deals". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  26. ^ MCV Staff (24 November 2017). "MCV's 30 Under 30 2017". MCV.
  27. ^ MCV Staff (9 March 2015). "Gamer Network moves into physical games publishing". MCV.
  28. ^ Purslow, Matt (9 March 2015). "Gamer Network is crowdfunding collector's editions of Hotline Miami and Papers, Please". PCGamesN. Archived from the original on 20 July 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2019.

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