#1 Posted by MartyB1976 (5 posts) -

Hello all,

I've recently been made redundant (Damn Bankers) and have decided to try and make a modest living out of websites. My question is, do you think they is room for any new Game Sites? IGN/Gamespot etc have been around for over a decade and are huge. Gametrailers is also a very good site. Now i'm not stupid enough to try and take on any of them. For one i'm a single person with no budget, but can you have a fairly successful game site these days?

I'm not talking about 1 million members or anything, but 10,000 would be nice! I've decided to build a videogame site. It's just going to be purely videogame discussion, with news, and i suppose my stand out features are a Members Arcade where you can play classic games, with highscores, user created tournaments etc, and member blogs.

I believe i've bought a decent name Game Verdict. What do you guys think. I just opened it, 7 hours ago. Do i stand a chance? Thanks.

#2 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -

There's certainly a lot of video game commentary sites out there - but that doesn't mean there's no more room for something new and interesting.

Try to avoid just becoming 'another' Kotaku/Joystiq by
  • Carving out your niche - whether it be in a particular aspect of gaming, a certain console, or a certain audience - don't try to appeal to everyone.
  • Adopting your own style - it doesn't have to be something completely new and different, but try to make it interesting to those you're targetting.
  • Starting simple - don't jump in to trying to build a huge gaming community right off the bat - concentrate on producing good content and let your community evolve from that.

#3 Posted by MattyFTM (14342 posts) -

There's plenty of room for new game sites, but not the same old thing that other sites are doing. You'll only be successful if you do something original, something a bit different that'll make you stand out from competition. Doing another site that's basically just a clone of existing sites will fail.

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#4 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

The beast says it like it is. If you are small, be small, stay in your niche and get some individuality. If you have that, you should have a decent model for a small website to sell some small ads on etc.

#5 Posted by MartyB1976 (5 posts) -

I suppose i'm realistic and know i won't be able to do exclusive reviews/previews but hopefully a decent discussion board will be enough to draw members in, and keep them? After all i'm guessing the forums on IGN/Gamespot etc are the most used areas of the site?

#6 Edited by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

Two things you REALLY need in todays market

  • A forum for a community to be built, and interaction with them
  • The hook of a really good podcast.

Also, can I ask what country you are based in? As if you are in a non-us country, or even if you are, calling out to places like the UK/Europe can get you advertising preference to those looking to reach those area, as most sites are US focused.

EDIT: More advice I'd give you. To get personality, I would personally say use a name that does not sound generic as you have done. Game + Adjective is extremely unmemorable, but Random names work extremely well. So if you HAVE registered a domain name, roll with it, but if your serious, I'd think you should work on getting a way more striking name. Thats just my opinion, though.
#7 Edited by MartyB1976 (5 posts) -

I'm in the UK, Sorry maybe i wasn't clear the site is actually built, and opened today. I built it in a week. I have the Forum, maybe i can work on a podcast for the future. Oh yes, and another cool feature i have is it's intergrated with Windows / XBox LIVE so your Gamertags are linked to your profiles, and you have Gamertag high score tables/stats etc.

#8 Posted by BiggerBomb (6944 posts) -

There is always room for quality. Capitalism at its best.

#9 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -
MartyB1976 said:
"I'm in the UK, Sorry maybe i wasn't clear the site is actually built, and opened today. I built it in a week. I have the Forum, maybe i can work on a podcast for the future. Oh yes, and another cool feature i have is it's intergrated with Windows / XBox LIVE so your Gamertags are linked to your profiles, and you have Gamertag high score tables/stats etc."
I'd forget the forum for now - running a successful community is a much bigger deal than people think - you can't expect to open a forum and have people magically start using it - you don't have the luxury of a media frenzy like Giant Bomb.
Concentrate your efforts on great content, then build your community around it - add profile features, forums, etc. as it evolves and when you can dedicate the time/staff to supporting them fully.
#10 Edited by MartyB1976 (5 posts) -
TheBeast said:
"MartyB1976 said:
"I'm in the UK, Sorry maybe i wasn't clear the site is actually built, and opened today. I built it in a week. I have the Forum, maybe i can work on a podcast for the future. Oh yes, and another cool feature i have is it's intergrated with Windows / XBox LIVE so your Gamertags are linked to your profiles, and you have Gamertag high score tables/stats etc."
I'd forget the forum for now - running a successful community is a much bigger deal than people think - you can't expect to open a forum and have people magically start using it - you don't have the luxury of a media frenzy like Giant Bomb.
Concentrate your efforts on great content, then build your community around it - add profile features, forums, etc. as it evolves and when you can dedicate the time/staff to supporting them fully.
"
Ok great, thanks for the advice.
#11 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

So then, how about a link to this site that you're building. After reading this thread I'm definitely interested.

#12 Posted by mracoon (4954 posts) -

Just do your own thing and don't follow the crowd.

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#13 Posted by MartyB1976 (5 posts) -
Tylea002 said:
"So then, how about a link to this site that you're building. After reading this thread I'm definitely interested."

Sorry didn't know if it was polite to post a link, but if it's ok here it is: www.gameverdict.com