GamePro's US magazine to shut down after 22 years

GamePro, one of the longest running print magazines in the US devoted to console and PC gaming, is shutting down operations after 22 years.  The decision was revealed today by GamePro's parent company IDC to GamePro's employees, according to a story at IndustryGamers.com.  The GamePro.com web site will also shut down as of December 5 with gaming news and features now being transferred to the PCWorld.com web site after that date.

The reason for the shut down is pretty simple: the ad dollars needed to support the magazine simply were no longer available. IDC has confirmed that a number of GamePro's staff have been laid off but declined to give an exact number.

GamePro.com launched as a print magazine in May 1989 and during the 1990's it was one of the most popular newsstand magazines devoted to covering the console and PC game industry. The GamePro.com web site launched in 1996. However the magazine division of GamePro has suffered in the last few years and recently switched over to a quarterly publication. That move didn't help and the current November 2011 dated issue will be the final GamePro.com print edition.

VentureBeat.com has more info on the GamePro shut down including word from one unnamed source that even though IDC is choosing to shut down the GamePro.com web site it achieved its highest page views ever last week (although specific page view numbers were not revealed). GamePro will continue to be owned by IDC and in the US the division will turn its attention to creating custom content for other companies and events such as the E3 trade show (GamePro Media handled the E3 daily magazine for the show in 2011). In addition, GamePro's print magazine is still running in other countries such as Spain, France and Germany.

Image via GamePro/IDC

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The digital world: kills everything that's non-digital

Yeah, I predict that some other magazines and newspapers will end up closing down like this.

garychencool said,
The digital world: kills everything that's non-digital

Yeah, I predict that some other magazines and newspapers will end up closing down like this.

Yeah, like tape killed radio and vhs killed tv....

If maybe they had successful matching online presence, they could of used it to keep print a float or survive in digital world.

online killed it. instant information beats monthly and especially quarterly info. It'll be deeply missed though.

seta-san said,
online killed it. instant information beats monthly and especially quarterly info. It'll be deeply missed though.

I wouldn't say it killed it, but it didn't help. I don't see GameInformer going out like that soon. GamePro just had so many freaking ads in their magazines I think people started to realize how little content it actually had... or at least I did. Plus I don't know if they had any deals with other companies. GameInformer, for instance, partners with GameStop and those employees are told to upsell products that include those subscriptions at a discounted price.

I don't subscribe to magazines anymore, but sometimes it's really nice to just hold a magazine (especially on the toilet) and just relax to a nice game preview that's not on a screen, but on glossy paper haha

I understand all things print going away, but as gaming popularity increases, this might be an example of mismanagement ... either that or nerds can't sell ad space over there.

Bummer. Still remember some of the great NES covers they had and getting game codes (especially NBA JAM and Mortal Kombat).