Type of site
|Video game journalism|
|Divisions||USgamer, Digital Foundry, GamesIndustry.biz|
|Launched||3 May 1999|
Eurogamer is a website focused on video game journalism, reviews, and other features. It is operated by Gamer Network Ltd. with headquarters in Brighton, East Sussex. It was formed in 1999 by brothers Rupert and Nick Loman while they were in high school.
Gamer Network states that the site has the largest readership of any independent videogames website in Europe (over 5.7 million unique users in November 2011), and was the first such site to subject its traffic to independent verification by the ABC Electronic system. The site primarily caters to a UK/Ireland audience; Gamer Network operates other sites using the Eurogamer brand that caters to other European countries.
Most of its reviews are of European or PAL releases of games. In February 2015, Eurogamer dropped its 10-point scale review scores system in favour of a "recommendation system," where games would either receive no specific recommendation or awards for being "Recommended," "Essential" or "Avoid."
Eurogamer's current editor is Oli Welsh, who took over the role from Tom Bramwell in September 2014. The editor prior to Bramwell was Kristan Reed. Contributors to the site include past or present writers from PC Gamer, GamesTM, Edge, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun, such as Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol, John Walker, Simon Parkin, Alec Meer, Richard Leadbetter, and Dan Whitehead, as well as former GamesIndustry.biz editor Rob Fahey.
In the media
Eurogamer founder Rupert Loman was interviewed in February 2007 by MCV magazine. He was also featured in the Sunday Telegraph on 19 August 2007, speaking about the experience he has gained from choosing to run Eurogamer instead of attending university.
At the Games Media Awards, Eurogamer won the categories of Best Games Website – News, and Best Games Website – Reviews & Features in 2007. The two awards were consolidated in 2008 and the site went on to win the new award for Best Games Website every year it was awarded, from 2008 to 2013, making it the only website to win the award in its history.
Deputy Editor Tom Bramwell won Best Writer in Specialist Digital Media and Eurogamer TV editor Johnny Minkley won Best Games-Dedicated Broadcast on Mainstream TV or Radio in 2007. News editor Wesley Yin-Poole won Best News Writer in 2014.
Rupert Loman was winner of Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 at the Sussex Business Awards and The Observer's "One to Watch" in Media 2007. He was also selected as one of 30 "Young Guns" by Growing Business magazine in October 2008.
Eurogamer is the principal site of the Gamer Network family of video game-related websites which it has either launched or acquired. Many of its sister sites were started with language/country-specific sites through 2006 to 2012. Eurogamer Germany. This was followed up with Eurogamer France in June 2007, Eurogamer Portugal in May 2008, Eurogamer Netherlands in August 2008, Eurogamer Spain and Eurogamer Italy in October 2008, Eurogamer Romania in March 2009, Eurogamer Czech in May 2009, Eurogamer Denmark in June 2009, Eurogamer Belgium in August 2009, Eurogamer Sweden in April 2010 and Eurogamer Poland in November 2012. In April 2011, Eurogamer Netherlands and Eurogamer Belgium merged to form Eurogamer Benelux. Eurogamer Romania closed down in 2011. In November 2012, Eurogamer launched their first non-European site, Brasilgamer,
In February 2018, Gamer Network was acquired by ReedPOP for an undisclosed sum.
Other sites under the Gamer Network include:
- GamesIndustry.biz, which reports on the global video games industry, launched in May 2008.
- USgamer, a site following the same principles as the main Eurogamer website but helmed by American staff, launched around 2013.
- VG247, a video game news site started between Gamer Network and Patrick Garrett in 2008.
- Mod DB, a database for video game modifications, initially launched in 2002, and acquired by Gamer Network in 2015.
- Rock Paper Shotgun, a British-based website principally devoted to personal computer video games. The site was acquired into the Gamer Network in May 2017.
Eurogamer has hosted the Digital Foundry channel since 2007. Digital Foundry evaluates video game hardware and software from a technical level, often comparing performances of the same game across different platforms.
In February 2018, ReedPOP, a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions that runs the PAX conventions, acquired the Gamer Network and its network of sites as to expanding into digital news and editorial content, as well as EGX, the largest video game convention in the United Kingdom. No immediate changes were expected at Eurogamer and other sites on the Gamer Network.
Notes and references
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- "John Walker • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- "Simon Parkin • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- "Alec Meer • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- "Richard Leadbetter • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- "Dan Whitehead • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- "Rob Fahey • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
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- • Notícias, análises de videogames, vídeos e fórum •. Brasilgamer.com.br.
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