|Type of site||Gaming website|
|Created by||Chris Heldman, John Keefer, Chris Hoerenz|
|Launched||October 26, 2008|
|Current status||Defunct (January 2010)|
Crispy Gamer was an American video game website that published news, culture, reviews, comics, and videos. It launched on October 26, 2008 as an independent website, after being in beta for six months. Founding staff included former employees of Google, eMusic, and gaming website GameSpy. In January 2010, one month after acquiring gamerDNA, the editorial staff was laid off by the authority of the board of directors, with the company's CEO resigning in protest. The company was relaunched as gamerDNA Media and a new editorial staff team made.
John Keefer, one of the co-founders of Crispy Gamer, left the website in September 2009 to write for GamePolitics.com. In December 2009 the company acquired gamerDNA, Inc. then laid off the original editorial staff and most management on authority of the board of directors in January 2010. Chris Heldman, Crispy Gamer's co-founder and CEO resigned in protest. Original gamerDNA CEO Jon Radoff mentioned he only learned of this through inquiring journalists. On February 3, 2010, Harold Goldberg wrote an article for Slate about the demise of Crispy Gamer's editorial staff and its repercussions for gaming journalism.
In 2010, the company re-launched with new management as gamerDNA Media, a video game-focused ad network, and the Crispygamer.com site also relaunched with a new editorial team. Crispygamer.com became part of the gamerDNA Media network. In July 2011 the company was acquired by Live Gamer.
- Takahashi, Dean (October 26, 2008). "Game journalism sucks: So Crispy Gamer raises money for an alternative voice". VentureBeat. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
- Totillo, Stephen (October 5, 2009). "Game Journalist Shake-Up Shifts Personnel At Several Outlets". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on May 6, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
- Takahashi, Dean (January 21, 2010). "Crispy Gamer fries itself: staff fired, CEO quits in protest". VentureBeat. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
- Graft, Kris (December 17, 2009). "Gaming Website Crispy Gamer Buys Social Network GamerDNA". Gamasutra. UBM plc. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
- Grant, Christopher (January 21, 2010). "Crispy Gamer editorial staff laid off, CEO resigns in protest". Joystiq. AOL. Archived from the original on January 27, 2015.
- Goldberg, Harold (February 3, 2010). "Crispy Gamer Gets Burned". The Big Money. Slate. Archived from the original on February 11, 2010.
- Takahashi, Dean (July 19, 2011). "Live Gamer acquires Brandport and GamerDNA as it moves into games ads". VentureBeat. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
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