I've been reading all about it. 1UP go bought up. A Whole bunch of people, loads of dudes we all loved, gone instantly. Gamevideos: Terminated. EGM: Gone. This is, no doubt, sad news for all us gamers. Its sad news for those in the Game Journalism business, because, like it or not, 1UP was an integeral part of the game journalism industry. EGM was probably the best gaming magazine out there. All gone in a matter of seconds.
I'm not trying to blame anyone. As a lot of people from 1UP itself said, it was for the best of 1UP and if you listen to Rebel.FM, which is made by dudes who were laid off, the guys who were laid off were the ones doing stuff that were consuming the most money. I'm saying it completely justifies the shit that just took place, but that's, unfortunately, how life is. 1UP was a business. Money makes the world go round. If you are a costing a company too much money and there were lay offs coming, the chances if you getting laid off is extremely high.
But to anyone who posts in places where those laid off often visit or by some chance, if anyone of you who got laid off are reading this, please: Don't give up. You still have a chance. Can't get a job? Make your own! You guys love writing about games, talking about games. Start an independent site. Hell, look at Giant Bomb! It was started by dudes who were passionate about what they did and they too came from another bigger company and look what's happened: Giant Bomb has totally, completely destroyed Gamespot.
I'm not saying you should take revenge on 1UP and destroy it. There are still wondeful people working there but don't lose hope guys. Keep on trekking. You are some of the best of the best out there. You have an entire fanbase surrounding you. You like what you were doing, you keep doing that!
Good luck to all of you and I hope you continue on. Start an independent site like Giant Bomb or go join some other company. They will be dying to hire you. Just never lose hope.