VideoGamer.com

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VideoGamer.com
Videogamer logo.png
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The VideoGamer.com front page on 14 July 2011
Type of site
Video game journalism
Available in English
Owner Resero Network
Created by Adam McCann
Tom Orry
James Orry[1]
Website VideoGamer.com
Alexa rank Decrease 34,476 (March 2017)[2]
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional (free)
Launched 12 November 2004; 12 years ago (2004-11-12) (as Pro-G.co.uk)[3]
Current status Active

VideoGamer.com (formerly known as Pro-G) is a London-based website focused on video game news, reviews, previews and videos. It is part of the Candy Banana network of websites, operated by Swedish parent IBIBI HB.

History[edit]

The site was initially launched in November 2004 as Pro-G.co.uk by university friends Adam McCann and Tom Orry.[4] In 2007, with the growing popularity of the site, McCann and Orry formed Pro-G Media Ltd., and the domain name of the site was changed to VideoGamer.com.[5] On changing the site name, Orry said "You'll just be seeing it [the site's content] all on a fancy new website with a name that we feel is a little more obvious".[6]

On 6 October 2008, VideoGamer.com launched a high-definition video service, capable of streaming 720p HD videos, which is claimed to be the first amongst UK games websites.[7]

Matt Lees and Steve Burns were hired in late 2012 replacing Neon Kelly and Martin Gaston respectively.[8] Jim Trinca joined the site as video producer in 2014.[9]

In March 2015, Pro-G Media Ltd. was acquired by Swedish Company IBIBI HB.[10] As part of this acquisition, IBIBI HB formed a new company and network entitled 'Candy Banana', consisting of VideoGamer and other properties acquired by IBIBI HB. Thomas Isaksson, a representative of IBIBI HB, said "We’re delighted to join forces with Adam, Tom, James [Orry] and the team. With great sites, content, and community, I believe we have a formidable network that’s only going to get better and better."[10]

During the mid 2010s VideoGamer focused on humorous content to gain an audience in the videogamer coverage space, including Jim Trinca's character "Yir Auld Da", a fictional elderly scotsman.[11] In 2016 Trinca and Steven Burns left the company, forming their own production. A redesigned website was launched in late 2016.[12]

On December 20, 2016 co-founders Tom Orry and James Orry and Deputy Editor David Scammell all left VideoGamer.[citation needed] The following day Samuel James Riley announced via Twitter that he was leaving VideoGamer also.[citation needed]

In March 2017, it was announced that Resero Network picked up VideoGamer from Candy Banana.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VideoGamer.com - CrunchBase Profile". AOL Inc. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Videogamer.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Pro-G.co.uk Launch Date". Pro-G Media Ltd, Inc. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "History Page on Pro-G Media Corporate Website". Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  5. ^ "History Page on Pro-G Media Corporate Website". Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  6. ^ "VideoGamer.com Launches". Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  7. ^ "VideoGamer.com launches UK's first 720p HD video service in conjunction with Far Cry 2 from Ubisoft". Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Lees and Burns freshen up VideoGamer.com editorial team", www.mcvuk.com, 13 Dec 2012 
  9. ^ Parfitt, Ben (20 Feb 2014), "Gamewank's Jamie Trinca joins Videogamer.com", www.mcvuk.com 
  10. ^ a b "Publisher of VideoGamer.com has been acquired, forms new network Candy Banana". Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  11. ^ Jarvis, Matthew (27 July 2015), "How did the games media cover E3? We ask VideoGamer.com", www.mcvuk.com 
  12. ^ "VideoGamer.com Reveals New Website and Direction, David Scammell Promoted to Deputy Editor", www.mcvuk.com, 14 Oct 2016 
  13. ^ Dring, Christopher (March 31, 2017). "VideoGamer.com acquired by Resero Network". GamesIndustry.biz. Gamer Network. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 

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