The GAMURS Group, simply known as Gamurs, is an esports media and entertainment publisher. Established in 2014, the group operates multiple brands focusing on the esports and entertainment news markets, including the websites: Dot Esports, We Got This Covered, The Mary Sue, Prima Games, and Escapist. GAMURS is based in Sydney, Australia, with an office in Austin, Texas.[1][2][3]

Type of site
News, media, and technology services
Available inEnglish, Portuguese, French, and Spanish
Founder(s)Riad Chikhani, Phillip Luu, Carl Oehme, Halim Yoo, and Malik Akl
Key peopleRiad Chikhani (Co-Founder & CEO), Geraint Davies (COO)
Launched14 February 2016; 8 years ago (2016-02-14)

History edit

In 2010, at the age of 14, Riad Chikhani and Phillip Luu established Rune Gear, an online portal for the game RuneScape. They sold the business at the age of 17 to focus on school. Their experience with this portal inspired the pair to develop a similar business, but for a wider variety of games. This later became the GAMURS Group.

GAMURS began as a social network for gamers after joining the NRMA Jumpstart program run by the Slingshot Accelerator.[4] Shortly after the program ended, the company raised $500,000 in a seed round.

GAMURS acquired two platforms, TeamFind and CSGOTeamFinder. On February 14, 2016, these sites merged to provide team and player-finding functionality for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends. GAMURS raised an additional $500,000 in another seed round in April 2016.[5]

On April 26, 2016, GAMURS acquired esports publication websites, GoldPer10, and[6] Once the acquisitions were completed, the three platforms were merged, making GAMURS a content provider for titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Halo 5: Guardians, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.[citation needed] On June 11, GAMURS launched EsportsWikis, an online encyclopedia dedicated to esports.[7] On September 19, it acquired esports news outlet[8] On October 28, GAMURS acquired Dot Esports from The Daily Dot.[9][10][11]

On November 9, 2020, GAMURS acquired Pro Game Guides, a source for gaming guides.[12] On June 28, 2021, GAMURS acquired We Got This Covered, a news site for film, TV, comics, and entertainment culture.[13] On November 17, GAMURS acquired the website The Mary Sue, a website intended to highlight women in the geek culture space and provide a space for minority and underrepresented voices.[14][15]

On January 3, 2022, GAMURS announced the acquisition of Prima Games, a gaming media company.[16] On February 10, it announced the acquisition of Twinfinite, a website focused on video game news, reviews, features, and opinions.[17] On September 30, it confirmed the acquisition of several websites from Enthusiast Gaming, including Destructoid, The Escapist, PC Invasion, and Siliconera.[18] Their firing of The Escapist's editor-in-chief in November 2023 resulted in a number of contributors at the website—notably Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw of Zero Punctuation—resigning and forming a new employee-owned outlet.[19][20][21]

References edit

  1. ^ Sadler, Denham (21 July 2015). "Social networking site Gamurs launch attracts 6000 gaming enthusiasts". SmartCompany. Private Media Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 3 July 2022. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  2. ^ Crawley, Dan (30 June 2015). "Gamurs is a new all-in-one social network for … well, gamers". Venture Beat. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  3. ^ Ainomugisha, Gerald (22 April 2015). "How Gamurs aka Facebook for gamers has raised $350,000 in just 2 weeks". Anthill Online. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Gamurs".
  5. ^ "Victorian start-ups to get $10 million boost as Slingshot acquires AngelCube". Yolanda Redrup. 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Social network Gamurs has acquired eSports Nation, GoldPer10, and eSports Guru - The Esports Observer". 26 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Esportspedia Relaunches Under New Name | eSports News & Videos | Dexerto". Archived from the original on 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  8. ^ " acquired by GAMURS - SplitPush". Archived from the original on 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  9. ^ "Gamurs acquires Dot Esports". Gamurs. 28 October 2016.
  10. ^ Bräutigam, Thiemo (Oct 21, 2016). "Daily Dot Esports section sold to media network Gamurs". The Esports Observer.
  11. ^ "Gamurs is merging into Dot Esports". Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  12. ^ Staff, Dot Esports (2020-11-09). "GAMURS Group acquires Pro Game Guides". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  13. ^ Staff, GAMURS Group (2021-06-28). "GAMURS Group acquires We Got This Covered". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  14. ^ "Announcement: Mediaite Sister Site The Mary Sue Acquired by GAMURS Group". Mediaite. 2021-11-17. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  15. ^ "GAMURS Group Acquires Mary Sue, a leader in Women's Entertainment, and covers the coverage for the women's entertainment - Game News 24". Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  16. ^ Staff, GAMURS Group (2022-01-13). "GAMURS Group acquires Prima Games". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  17. ^ Staff, GAMURS Group (2022-02-10). "GAMURS Group acquires Twinfinite". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  18. ^ Sinclair, Brendan (September 30, 2022). "Gamurs Group buying Enthusiast Gaming sites". Gamer Network. Retrieved 2022-09-30.
  19. ^ "Zero Punctuation star Yahtzee Croshaw quits after 16 years". BBC News. 2023-11-07. Retrieved 2023-11-25.
  20. ^ Crider, Michael (November 8, 2023). "'Zero Punctuation' game review series ends after 16 years". PC World. Retrieved 2023-11-25.
  21. ^ Middler, Jordan (November 7, 2023). "Video series Zero Punctuation is seemingly ending following The Escapist staff exodus". Video Games Chronicle. Retrieved 2023-11-25.