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#1 Edited by Matthew (1911 posts) -

Just announced in the livestream, Giant Bomb and Comic Vine have been sold to CBS Interactive, and are moving back to the Gamespot building.

For the past couple years, companies have expressed interest in the Whiskey suite of sites, be it investment or straight up being bought out. Jeff, for the entirety of 2012, has been in the middle of business dealings, how they are going to fit in the Gamespot swing of things. Jeff has said "Giant Bomb in its current form will continue to exist."

  • When asked by the Gamespot staff, what do you guys need, the answer (and the correct answer imo) was "we need a place to put a couch and hang a deerhead."
  • Screened and Tested are not part of this buyout. They are going elsewhere.
  • Paperwork was officially signed on Wednesday, March 14th.
  • At 4pm west coast time march 15, jeff and co are going to the gamespot buildings (the gamespot crew just found out as soon as us users found out, on the stream) and one of the topics they are going to talk about is full disclosure on what explicitly happened in 2007.
  • If anything, they are going to have to be "more" Giant Bomb than they were before. Somebody wouldn't buy them if they were to go and change who they are.
  • Ryan Davis - "suffice to say we're going to keep having really bad ideas and keep on executing on those." "trust that those decisions are coming from us"
  • During GDC, the entire office was being packed up, hence the lack of videos this week.
  • Part of them going back there is "we will be in charge of editorial"
  • Brad, Jeff, Ryan, Drew, Patrick, Alexis, Drew, Jeff, Vinny, Alex, .... the core of whiskey media, along with comic vine are making the move over to CBS as well. Joey is not moving over. "there are no immediate plans to being people to the site (staff)"
  • "Fuck yeah" answer to people wanting to know if they can keep swearing. Actually, it was one of the first things discussed in the initial meetings. "We want to treat you guys like adults."
  • Will you guys have an exposed brick wall? "they're gonna do some things to the 3rd floor of that building (gamespot level)"
  • What does this mean for gamebomb.ru? "gamebomb.ru we're sorry to say is not coming with us on this journey"
  • "fate of nothing. the thing is a workhorse." when asked about the fate of the podcast. "I'm also not going to commit to having video on our podcast"
  • "I am proud to announce that I have found a copy of Binary Domain" - Jeff
  • "Do not send mail to the old office. We can not get it there anymore." - Jeff
  • Are you going to change the way ads are done on the site? "meebo bar is now gone. we are going to be cutting that amazing piece of technology." "we'll be able to hopefully have smarter ads." "members continue to be no ads. that will not change at all."
  • Reviews are still going to happen on Giant Bomb, even taking into account the plethora of reviews Gamespot puts out.
  • "What we will be offering in terms of reviews will be different in terms of what Gamespot is doing" - jeff
  • "Patrick is still going to be out there chasing down news stories"
  • "we're not going to cut off aspects of giant bomb just because somebody else does them." - jeff
  • "we want to hustle the gamespot staff at warlords" - the real reason they're doing this.
#2 Posted by jakob187 (21642 posts) -

There's already threads about it...at least a million more to come up, and a million blogs about "I'M LEAVING BECAUSE WHAH WHAH WHAH".

#3 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Going full circle

#4 Posted by Matthew (1911 posts) -

@jakob187: Yeah, but mine is more informative.

@CL60: I can't stop thinking about how steve jobs left Apple, did his own successful thing, then came back to apple and made it totally better.

#5 Posted by James_Giant_Peach (751 posts) -

New Chipin thing: "Retaking Giant Bomb", all proceeds go to Child's Play.

#6 Posted by yoshisaur (2648 posts) -

Sounds great, if their passion about it on the video has anything to say about where it will go, I have a lot of hope for them. The fact that Tested + Mythbusters has sold me already.

Can't wait to see what all that backing ($$$) and user base can really do for them. I just hope I don't lose these forums and this site in particular, I like the small community (compared to the juggernaut that is gamespot).

#7 Posted by Milkman (16531 posts) -

I am so fucking confused here.

#8 Posted by zudthespud (3281 posts) -

Giant Bomb is the 3rd topic trending on Twitter in the UK right now. Holy shit.

#9 Posted by NicksCorner (410 posts) -

I really hope they can keep up their high standards. But anyways, big congrats to the whole crew!

#10 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -

Well ill stick with giantbomb wherever they go. Finally going back to their roots i guess haha

#11 Posted by Swoxx (2988 posts) -

Here we go guys, prepare for more internet drama the likes of which you've never seen on the WM sites.

#12 Posted by UltorOscariot (171 posts) -

I will be happy to keep reading Giant Bomb as long as it stays Giant Bomb.

#13 Posted by ch3burashka (5012 posts) -

Does that mean the WM ecosystem will cease to exist? Namely, the links to the other 4 websites at the bottom of the screen? I don't use the other sites often, but it still would be a bummer to see the 5-site allegiance be broken.

#14 Posted by Paliv (127 posts) -
@Matthew Thanks for the detailed update. It's hard to actually figure out what's going on for those of us at work who can't watch the live stream.
#15 Posted by Rave (370 posts) -

Do our current subscriptions carry over there are do we lose out on the rest of the year when this transfer is complete? Does this site remain the same or will I be going to gamespot in the future? So confused, what about Dave is he going or staying?

#16 Posted by astonish (211 posts) -

Congrats to the guys! Excited to see what happens!

#17 Posted by Hailinel (23915 posts) -
@Paliv
@Matthew Thanks for the detailed update. It's hard to actually figure out what's going on for those of us at work who can't watch the live stream.
#18 Posted by Aarny91 (3912 posts) -

I hate change, but fuck it.

#19 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

@James_Giant_Peach said:

New Chipin thing: "Retaking Giant Bomb", all proceeds go to Child's Play.

Love it.

#20 Edited by X19 (2304 posts) -

Wouldn't CBS just buy Whiskey Media, take all the assets and shut all the WM sites down? 
 
Why would CBS want competition to GameSpot?

#21 Posted by Codeacious (960 posts) -
@Hailinel
@Paliv
@Matthew Thanks for the detailed update. It's hard to actually figure out what's going on for those of us at work who can't watch the live stream.
QFT. Thanks for this. Keep this thread open, please!
#22 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6090 posts) -

I thought this was an elaborate hoax. Wow. Crazy stuff, guys. Good luck with the split!

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#23 Posted by Paliv (127 posts) -
@X19
Wouldn't CBS just buy Whiskey Media, take all the assets and shut all the WM sites down? 
 
Why would they want competition to GameSpot?
GB has a niche audience that doesn't always fall into the catch all major sites like gamespot and ign. My guess is they see they can get money from people like myself who almost never visit gamespot, but visit GB daily.
#24 Posted by theveej (812 posts) -

this sounds CRAZYYYY!! I'll give you guys benefit of doubt, I have not been disappointed with the guys work since gamespot days.... hopefully everything workouts out well

also TESTED AND MYTHBUSTERS !!! WTF HOLY SHIT!!!!

#25 Posted by morrelloman (606 posts) -

I feel cheated. Someone explain to me how this is a good thing?

#26 Posted by Lyfeforce (355 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

@Paliv
@Matthew Thanks for the detailed update. It's hard to actually figure out what's going on for those of us at work who can't watch the live stream.
#27 Posted by Tofford (526 posts) -

It felt really weird seeing the GiantBomb logo on gamespots homepage but I feel confident in those Duders to keep us all happy. Here is to stupid with a bigger budget

#28 Posted by BonOrbitz (2160 posts) -

Giantbomb to Gamespot: "When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master."

It's reassuring to hear that John Davison is involved! Congratulations Giant Bomb! Our little boy is growin' up.

#29 Edited by X19 (2304 posts) -
@Paliv: Why would CBS care about supporting a niche audience? How would the sites make enough money to satisfy the men at the top? 
 
I just don't see how this could work in the WM sites favour. 
#30 Posted by Sackmanjones (4652 posts) -

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about this. As long as things remain constant, I will remain a subscriber.  If things change I shall be crushed

#31 Posted by CaptainCody (1505 posts) -

@morrelloman said:

I feel cheated. Someone explain to me how this is a good thing?

It isn't. Jeff and the crew will no longer be seeing the likes of Norm and Will, along with the interns being thrown to the streets. If you can be positive about that then something is wrong.

#32 Posted by superpow (226 posts) -

I dont want to talk to the Gamespot users.

#33 Posted by theveej (812 posts) -

@morrelloman said:

I feel cheated. Someone explain to me how this is a good thing?

I would assume they have been assured somewhat of complete autonomy + CASH

Since most of these guys worked there before, im sure they be happy to be back with friends etc. Way more resources than before should help also.

I do agree that is really weird, and it might be disastrous, but that would be my rational

#34 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

Sad that Rorie isn't going with. NEED A PUPPY EDITOR!

#35 Posted by MikkaQ (10268 posts) -

I'll reserve judgement on how this all turns out until it turns out, but I'm still really bummed that Tested and Giantbomb won't have their stupid inter-office antics anymore.

#36 Posted by crusader8463 (14412 posts) -

I just woke up today and the network of sites that has been my life for the last 2-3 years is sitting in shambles and flames. I still don't know how to feel about all this. I will see how it goes, but I can't help but feel like I'm losing a love.

#37 Posted by CornBREDX (4815 posts) -
@UltorOscariot said:
I will be happy to keep reading Giant Bomb as long as it stays Giant Bomb.
This. If they ever change or stop being awesome, I will not only be sad (and crying man tears) I will no longer read/support their work.
#38 Posted by X19 (2304 posts) -
@CaptainCody: Maybe Kessler will pull a Jeff and make his own independent site called BabyBomb. I'm excited :D
#39 Posted by Trilleong (80 posts) -

The worst part about all this crazy shit it that I have no one outside of the internet to discuss it with. My brain has just exploded and there is no way to properly freak out. Tested working with Mythbusters? Holy shit! Also I'm the only person that I know who even knows about the whole GerstmannGate thing let alone cares about it.

#40 Posted by McGriddle550 (285 posts) -

We as the GB community have to troll the shit outta the GS users once the switch happens.

#41 Posted by spazmaster666 (1965 posts) -

@MikkaQ said:

I'll reserve judgement on how this all turns out until it turns out, but I'm still really bummed that Tested and Giantbomb won't have their stupid inter-office antics anymore.

Yeah, but if that means the Tested guys will be working with the freaking Mythbusters, then I think I'll take that compromise.

#42 Posted by LEGOslayer (10 posts) -

@Matthew said:

and one of the topics they are going to talk about is full disclosure on what explicitly happened in 2007.

Is this going to be filmed and aired?

#43 Posted by OrfBC (43 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

I just woke up today and the network of sites that has been my life for the last 2-3 years is sitting in shambles and flames. I still don't know how to feel about all this. I will see how it goes, but I can't help but feel like I'm losing a love.

Come on.

#44 Posted by Sparklykiss (1949 posts) -
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