Game Developer Magazine closing

After 19 years, industry magazine to cease printing as of July; digital issues also getting cut; layoffs reported.

The Game Developer Magazine will soon be no more. After 19 years, the magazine will publish its final issue in July, parent company UBM Tech announced today. In addition, the magazine will cease distribution of digital issues, though some features will live on at a special portal on sister website Gamasutra.

Existing paid subscribers (digital or physical) will be contacted in the next few days and provided with options for refunds or a fulfillment of their subscription with an alternative product.

"We've made the decision to shift away from print as part of a wider strategy change in our parent company UBM Tech, which is simultaneously shifting other print publications either to digital only or to website-specific content, orienting them to help support our growing community-centric events such as Game Developers Conference," the company said in a statement.

Though the magazine may be going away, its major research features, like the recently published Salary Survey, will continue. This research will be conducted and published by Gamasutra editors.

It is not clear if Game Developer Magazine staffers were assigned to different positions within UBM Tech or laid off outright, though contributor Brandon Sheffield wrote on Twitter that he was part of the cuts. In addition, the transition has impacted Gamasutra, as news editor Frank Cifaldi tweeted today he is longer employed at the trade site.

When it closes this summer, the Game Developer Magazine will join the likes of GamePro, PSM3, Xbox World, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, and Nintendo Power as print publications to cease publication.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

19 comments
blackace
blackace

I still have the very first copy of Gamepro and Nintendo Power. As well as Next, DieHard and OXM.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Oh well, it was a nice run. At least this help save a lot of trees.

RustedTruck650
RustedTruck650

I'm urprised how a magazine aimed only at devs survived this long.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

They did a great job.  I've enjoyed this mag for 15 years.  Damn.  Was always a little surprised that they gave it away.  I would have paid a subscription...

yaba
yaba

Why are people comparing Game Developer Magazine to things like Game Informer or Gamepro? GD was an industry magazine, aimed at developers, not gamers. It has no real online equivalent, aside from the inferior Gamasutra. This is a loss to the industry, plain and simple.

BattleStarX
BattleStarX

I'm amazed more Magazines aren't goin' the way of the dodo.  Sad to see this one go though, after such a long run.

Daian
Daian

It's tough and sad to hear but printed magazines are going away in modern countries, most people get their info online.

Thrazewolf
Thrazewolf

It's unfortunate, but it had to happen sometime.

firedrakes
firedrakes

use to get it. but the dev story on making a game after awhile was the same

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

At lease there is still Gameinformers Mags since I still use the old school way by getting them in the Mail considering I'm a gamestop member for that and only that.

pcty
pcty

You can blame Game Spot and other sites for this as a lot of people already said gaming sites are a much more convenient and free way to get game related content.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I honestly have not read a game-related 'printed' magazine for several years, so this kind of news doesn't surprise me.  The internet is just faster and more convenient for keeping up to date on relevant news.

ZetA_LatA
ZetA_LatA

The thinning of the fields. 

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

yeah. good bye paper, it's been very fun.

the smell of ink on glossy paper .. hmm

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

This doesn't surprise me. A lot of video game based magazines publications are shutting down or going fully online. It's one of the unfortunate side effects of the world going fully digital. Still not over the fact that PlayStation: The Official Magazine (fka PSM), had to end publication.

Cypress131
Cypress131

@yaba 

Thank you! These articles were aimed at developers and were sources of great information for smaller studios. I'm really sad to see it go!