|Former editors||Jochen Gebauer, Michael Trier, Gunnar Lott|
|Website||www.gamestar.de Germany www.gamestar.com US|
GameStar is a monthly released PC computer game magazine in Germany. Gamestar is the best sold German language magazine focused on PC gaming and it also hosts the largest videogaming related portal in the German speaking internet.
The print magazine features the following content:
- News about the PC gaming community
- Previews of PC games, (games which still are in development)
- Reviews of lately released or to be released PC games
- A section about freeware and open source games, mods and e-sports.
- Articles about recent personal computer hardware components with regard to computer gaming (e.g. joysticks or computer mice)
- Articles about important events, that influence the gaming community at large (i.e.: E-Sports, Censorship, etc.)
The magazine also comes with a DVD, which features Demos, Mods, video-reviews as well as a full retail version of a videogame.
Gamestar has been in published in various versions with different features. This includes the magazine version (which does not include any DVDs and is thus cheaper), a "normal" edition, which includes one DVD, and a XL Version, which contains 2 DVDs. The magazine for subscribers has less advertisement and shows a larger front-page picture. Until mid-2005 a CD-only version was also available, but it was decided that DVD-readers in Computers had become widespread enough, and so the CD-version was deemed unnecessary. Instead the XL version appeared for the first time.
History and Editorship
The new magazine soon gained a lot of popularity. By the fourth quarter of 1999 it sold about 333,000 issues per month, in 2000 it overtook competitor PC Games as the largest German language videogames magazine in Europe.
IDG also started GameStar sister magazines in Italy, Poland, Hungary and the United States. The US version was, quite differently from the rest, positioned as a magazine for adults, about PC and console games, similar to inCite. However they all folded after a few months due to disappointing sales. The only long term launch was achieved in Hungary. In 2005, GameStar spawned a sister magazine called /GameStar/dev which is targeted at European Game Developers. GameStar also has a sister magazine named GamePro, which focuses on console games. Incidentally its headquarters are right next-door to the GameStar office.
Sales and Popularity
After it launched, GameStar was able to steadily gain in popularity. By the fourth quarter of 1999 it sold about 331.535 issues per month and in 2000 it overtook its competitor PC Games as the largest German language PC games magazine in Europe. Since then, GameStar kept the spot as the bests sold German language PC-gaming focused magazine in Europe.
Like the whole print market, GameStar was affected by diminishing sales. In 2008 the average monthly circulation was 250,000 copies, but by January 2015 sold issues per month have dropped to 63,189. Despite the drop, GameStar remains the highest selling German language PC-gaming focused magazine in Europe.
Gamestar.de and GSPB
GameStar hosts a large PC gaming related portal in the internet. Like the magazine, the portal is centered on PC gaming and publishes news, reviews and tests for PC games and PC gaming related topics. GameStar.de is the largest PC gaming web portal in the German speaking internet and one of the largest web portals in the entirety of the German speaking internet. As of February 2016, Gamestar.de had 2.41 million unique visitors per month.
On YouTube, GameStar has its own channel with about 751,000 abonnements. During its history, Gamestar and IDG also hosted several spin-off YouTube channels, such as High5 with temporary success. As off 2016, those have been already closed however.
Gamestar.de also hosts a large internet forum, the GSPB (GameStar Pinboard). The GSPB is one of largest internet forums in the German speaking internet.
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