It is the end of a gaming era. GamePro magazine, which went into publication in 1989, will officially shut down its website at noon on Monday, December 5. One final physical magazine will be published and released after the closing of the website.
GamePro started publishing the physical magazine in 1989 and went digital in 1996. Like all niche physical publications, GamePro has struggled to maintain relevance and readership in an increasingly digital world. A few concept changes over the years, including writers going from handles to real names and the most recent, going from monthly publication to quarterly in July of this year.
While the site and magazine may be going away, GamePro is not entirely dead. Hit the break to find out where GamePro is headed next.
Luckily, the GamePro brand will not be going away completely. Starting Monday, the domain will redirect readers to sister site PC World, who will incorporate gaming reviews and previews into their already extensive technology coverage.
We are going to miss GamePro. It has been around almost as long as the term videogame itself, and its loss is certainly a sign of changing times and companies who don't want to or know how to change. The editors have published a final message on the website:
Thank you for your loyalty, support, and participation in the GamePro.com community. At noon on December 5, 2011, the U.S. version of GamePro online will shut down as an independent site. GamePro will become part of PCWorld.com (http://www.pcworld.com/gamepro) offering gaming news, reviews, and how-tos from the PCWorld team. Thank you to the entire GamePro staff for their hard work and dedication.