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Eurogamer
Eurogamer logo.svg
Web address eurogamer.net
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Video game journalism
Registration Optional (free)
Owner Gamer Network
Editor Oli Welsh
Launched September 1999
Alexa rank
positive decrease 3,897 (July 2015)[1]
Current status Active

Eurogamer is a website focused on video game news, reviews and other features. It is operated by Gamer Network Ltd. with headquarters in Brighton, United Kingdom, which was formed in 1999 by brothers Rupert and Nick Loman. Gamer Network claims that the site has the largest readership of any independent videogames website in Europe (over 5.7 million unique users in November 2011),[2] and was the first such site to subject its traffic to independent verification by the ABC Electronic system.[3] The site caters to a UK/Ireland audience; Gamer Network operates other sites using the Eurogamer brand that caters to other EU countries.

Most of the reviews (which until February 2015 were scored on a 10-point scale) are of European or PAL releases of the games, but given the time disparity between Japanese or North American/NTSC releases, some reviews are done using the latter. In February 2006, the company launched its video channel, Eurogamer TV,[4] though this was ultimately absorbed into the main website. In February 2015, Eurogamer dropped a 10-point scale review scores system in favour of a "recommendation system".[5]

Staff[edit]

Kristan Reed served as Eurogamer's editor from September 2002 to January 2009.
Tom Bramwell edited Eurogamer since the beginning of 2008 and worked on the site since 2000. He left in 2014.

Eurogamer‍ '​s editor is Oli Welsh, who took over the role from Tom Bramwell in September 2014. The editor prior to Tom Bramwell was Kristan Reed. Contributors have included past or present writers from PC Gamer, GamesTM, Edge, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun, such as Kieron Gillen,[6] Jim Rossignol,[7] John Walker,[8] Simon Parkin,[9] Alec Meer,[10] Richard Leadbetter,[11] Dan Whitehead,[12] and David McCarthy,[13] as well as former GamesIndustry.biz editor Rob Fahey.[14]

In the media[edit]

Eurogamer founder Rupert Loman was interviewed in February 2007 by MCV magazine.[15] 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.

Awards[edit]

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 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.[16]

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.

Subsidiaries[edit]

"GamesIndustry" redirects here. For the economic sector involved with the development, marketing and sales of video games, see Games industry.

At the Leipzig Games Convention in August 2006, Eurogamer launched their first non-English language site of the franchise: 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,[17] and 2012–2013 also saw the launch of USgamer, Gamer Network's "US flagship multi-format games website".[18][19][20]

Eurogamer has a sister site, GamesIndustry.biz, which reports on the global video games industry. In May 2008 the site launched the GamesIndustry.biz Network for industry professionals.

EGX[edit]

Outside the 2009 Eurogamer Expo at Old Billingsgate Market, London
Inside the 2014 Eurogamer Expo at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London

The first Eurogamer Expo took place at the Old Truman Brewery as part of the London Games Festival 2008 and was attended by 4,000 people. In 2009, the show took place at The Royal Armouries in Leeds and the Old Billingsgate Market in London at the end of October. The event was held at Earls Court from 2010-2014, after the confirmation of the venue's closure, it was announced that EGX would be moving to Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre as part of a multi-year deal. The event was renamed and rebranded as EGX following the 2013 expo, and also saw the introduction of EGX Rezzed, a smaller event dedicated to the PC and indie gaming industries. Rezzed is held every Spring.

Year Dates Event Venue Location Attendance
2008 28–29 October Eurogamer Expo Old Truman Brewery London 4,000
2009 27–28 October
30–31 October
Royal Armouries Museum
Old Billingsgate Market
Leeds
London
12,000
2010 1–3 October Earls Court Exhibition Centre London 20,000
2011 22–25 September 34,500
2012 27–30 September 50,000
2013 26–29 September 70,000
2014 28–30 March Rezzed National Exhibition Centre Birmingham 15,000
25–28 September EGX Earls Court Exhibition Centre London 75,000
2015 12–14 March Rezzed Tobacco Dock London
24–27 September EGX National Exhibition Centre Birmingham

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Eurogamer.net Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Product Page. ABC.
  3. ^ The ABC Electronic Website. Abce.org.uk.
  4. ^ Eurogamer TV. Eurogamer.net.
  5. ^ "Eurogamer has dropped review scores". Eurogamer.net. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kieron Gillen • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jim Rossignol • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "John Walker • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Simon Parkin • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Alec Meer • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Richard Leadbetter • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Dan Whitehead • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Dave McCarthy • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Rob Fahey • Eurogamer.net". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  15. ^ The Euro(gamer) vision | Games industry news | MCV. Mcvuk.com.
  16. ^ Ellie Gibson. "Eurogamer wins awards". 
  17. ^ • Notícias, análises de videogames, vídeos e fórum •. Brasilgamer.com.br.
  18. ^ "Websites". Gamer Network. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  19. ^ "USGAMER". Gamer Network. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  20. ^ "Gamer Network expands US sales, editorial teams". Gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 

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