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Ziff Davis Working to Sell 1up, EGM, GFW 38 38

Ziff Davis, parent company for the 1up website and the magazines Electronic Gaming Monthly and Games for Windows, is working to sell off its gaming group. Simon Carless, at GameSetWatch, pointed out the company's interest in active offers for the package. Ziff's games group apparently reached just about the break-even point last year, and along with the sale of Ziff's Consumer Small Business group (PC Magazine, etc) essentially represents the end of Ziff Davis as a publishing force. From the article: "As I alluded to in a recent post on game magazine circulations, I do personally feel like Ziff might have closed Official PlayStation Magazine a little earlier than they might otherwise have done, in order to make the Game Group more attractive to potential purchasers, who obviously care most about 1UP. Which makes sense, because in most cases (prestige low-circulation magazines such as Edge notwithstanding), circs and revenues in consumer print are only going to trickle down over the next few years."
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Ziff Davis Working to Sell 1up, EGM, GFW

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  • I predict (Score:5, Funny)

    by 0racle (667029) on Monday January 08, 2007 @04:49PM (#17513600)
    Microsoft to buy 1up, Xbox games will never be rated worse then perfect, with Playstation and Wii games never able to get good ratings if they are rated at all. Switch those console names around for whoever you feel like supporting.

    I don't really predict that, I just wanted to get it out of the way.
  • by macadamia_harold (947445) on Monday January 08, 2007 @04:54PM (#17513670) Homepage
    It is official; Slashdot now confirms: Ziff Davis is dying

    One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Ziff Davis community when /. confirmed that Ziff Davis will be cutting market share to less than a fraction of 1 percent.

    You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict Ziff Davis' future. The hand writing is on the wall: Ziff Davis faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Ziff Davis because Ziff Davis is dying. Things are looking very bad for Ziff Davis. As many of us are already aware, Ziff Davis continues to sell market share. Contractual ink flows like a river of blood.

    There can no longer be any doubt: Ziff Davis is dying.
  • by kalirion (728907) on Monday January 08, 2007 @06:41PM (#17515672)
    I subscribe to PCGamer. It makes for good reading during TV commercials (that's right, I don't have tivo or any other dvr system), and in the bathroom. Currently I'm 7 issues behind on my reading though. Probably need more fiber in my diet.

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