By Lies 5 Comments
This is probably a bit late to be relevant, but it's something I want to address anyways. With the recent buyout of 1up from Ziff-Davis by UGO corporation, there were massive layoffs of many popular editors from that network of sites. Now, as I've been over before, people build up absurdly close relationships with the press personalities in this industry. With the loss of so many of these people in one swift decapitation, there was quite a bit of outrage across the internet. Most of it was directed at the buyer of 1up, UGO, who were blamed for this loss of talent. While UGO certainly isn't the best source on the web for your information, they're being demonized quite a bit more than their role in this merits. Ziff Davis and their videgame division have been in financial trouble for quite a long time, and 1up and EGM have been for sale for years. In an economic downturn like this, it was unlikely that Ziff could continue to justify 1up and EGM as profitable, and they would have seen complete closure or even worse cuts. Ziff's been bleeding talent for quite a while now, and they weren't too likely to survive for much longer, at least not in their current form. A buyout was probably 1up's saving grace, as it can continue to exist now, with at least a shell of it's former staff (EGM, well... print media). The proper way to look at this is UGO just saved 24 jobs, as opposed to firing 40 people. Yes, it's certainly a shame all those guys lost their jobs (They seem to have made quick recoveries though), but the venom and blame is being unfairly shifted onto a company that probably saved this website from death- either direct closure from Ziff, or just a slow bleed-out of money and talent. Will it probably be the same caliber stuff? No, but at least it will continue to exist, and hopefully under better management than what the clowns at Ziff put it through over the past few years.