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FileFront Saved from Closure by Founders

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Popular mirror and download site FileFront has been saved from the chopping block at the eleventh hour by its original founders, according to an announcement on the site.

FileFront's founders have purchased the site back from Ziff Davis and will be running it independently with all services back online, and proclaim "We are happy to be back!"

Ex-owners Ziff Davis Media had announced last week that the site would "indefinitely suspend" operations as of March 30, blaming current economic conditions. Read more »

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Ziff Davis Closing FileFront

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Popular mirror and download site FileFront today revealed that it will "indefinitely suspend" site operations on March 30, 2009 due to current economic conditions.

The sited urged users to download and archive any files they may want before that date.

While owner Ziff Davis recently sold the bulk of its video game-related sites, which also resulted in the closure of print magazine EGM, buyer UGO was reportedly uninterested in FileFront. The site continued operations as part of Ziff's PCMag Digital Network. Read more »

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EGM Magazine to Close Following 1UP Sale, Over 30 Employees Let Go

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Update: It appears that UGO's acquisition of 1UP has led to over 30 Ziff employees being laid off, including many veterans of the 1UP network.

According to their Twitter feeds, 1UP Show creator Ryan O'Donnell and producer Matt Chandronait were among those let go. 1UP director Sam Kennedy, who will be making the move to UGO, would not comment on whether the show was indeed cancelled when asked by MTV. Read more »

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Report: UGO Close to Acquiring 1UP

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According to a report by Joystiq, UGO Entertainment is in talks to purchase the majority of Ziff Davis Media's 1UP Network, including 1UP.com, GameVideos.com and MyCheats.com.

The talks are said to be "very advanced," with the 1UP editorial staff reportedly being informed of the sale on Tuesday. Read more »

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Ziff Davis Considers Closing EGM

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Following the announcement yesterday that longtime publication PC Magazine would be moving to an online-only format, Ziff Davis CEO Jason Young now says that videogame standard Electronic Gaming Monthly could be the next print casualty.

The news comes out of a story by the New York Times, which stated: "Mr. Young said the company was considering taking its other print magazine, the video-game publication Electronic Gaming Monthly, into an online-only format, but would not make a decision before the end of the year." Read more »

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Games for Windows Magazine Goes Online-only

Games for Windows Magazine will be transitioning to an online-only publication format, the 1UP Network announced today.

Publisher Ziff Davis, which launched GFW in 2006 as a rebranding of the 25-year-old mag Computer Gaming World, cited the movement of readership to internet-based news sources as impetus for the closure. The final print issue of Games for Windows, April/May 2008, is on newsstands now. Read more »

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EGM, 1UP Publisher Ziff Davis Files for Bankruptcy

Publishing house Ziff Davis Media announced today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to mounting debt that now totals between $500 million and $1 billion.

Ziff Davis is the publisher of such well-known gaming standards as 1UP.com, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Games for Windows, and PC Magazine.

If approved by the court, the company will be tasked with restructuring its finances. An ad hoc noteholder group is planning to pay up to $24.5 million to keep Ziff Davis afloat during the Chapter 11 case.

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ECA Announces Industry Partnerships

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The Entertainment Consumer Association, which describes itself as the first video game consumer advocacy organization, today announced that it has struck partnerships with major industry groups and events such as Ziff Davis Media (1UP Network), NCsoft, Video Games Live, Yahoo! Games, Gen Con, Intec, and others. Earlier this year, the ECA also announced that it has acquired respected politically charged video game industry coverage blog GamePolitics. Founded this year, the ECA aims to educate and advocate for gamers at a consumer level rather than an industry level. Its founder and president Hal Halpin was the founder of the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association, which this year merged with the Video Software Dealers Association to become the Entertainment Merchants Association. Membership to the ECA runs $19.99 per year, and confers various benefits including discounts and trials to various industry publications, services, and events.

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