The word is slowly creeping through the Internet, but it is now official, I guess. Computer Games Magazine and MMO Games are no more, killed by TheGlobe.com. It was a sudden death, but don’t believe people who say those are the easy ones.
This wasn’t because the magazine was in any financial trouble, or was being run poorly but because this lawsuit against the parent company resulted in a summary judgment. It was a big judgment and it looks like TheGlobe simply blew up when the financial house of cards that it had built up came crashing around it. Some complicated business stuff went down and the end came.
The story here IS NOT the failure of print. It IS NOT the failure of a PC only magazine. It IS NOT advertisers fleeing for a better model. It IS NOT new media winning over old. It IS NOT because the magazine was run poorly.
It IS the unfortunate consequence of being owned by a corporation that hasn’t really had its head screwed on straight for a while.
I have nothing to add to this news at the moment, except that my prayers will include all those whose livelihoods depended on those two magazines, and especially Editor For Life, Steve Bauman, who gave me a break reviewing strategy games and for some reason kept sending me stuff. He has no idea how much I am in his debt.
Now, publishing is a funny business and Steve knows how to put together a magazine on a budget. So his skills should be in demand. His writing is underappreciated. And he really loves what he does.
As for me, it looks like I need to get my free games from someone else.