IGN Commits to Layoffs and Reconstruction

IGN commits to painful layoffs and the closing of three major branches.
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Today, IGN committed to an undisclosed number of layoffs and has announced that its branches 1UP, UGO and GameSpy will be closing.

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A sad day in the gaming industry. Vivek Shah, CEO of Ziff Davis (IGN’s new parent company) stated:

Today, we took some difficult but important actions that will ensure the continued growth and health of IGN and AskMen,” wrote Shah in the memo. “The changes we made today are designed to allow us to Simplify and Focus. Our goal is to do fewer things and to do them exceptionally well. In that vein, we want to direct all of our energy and work behind our two flagship brands: IGN and AskMen.

Our thoughts are with those affected by this change in direction.

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