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Old 02-01-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Report: Ziff Davis Set to Buy IGN


All Things D is reporting that News Corp. is close to completing the sale of IGN to J2 Global's Ziff Davis.

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According to sources close to the situation, News Corp. has almost completed the sale of its IGN gaming unit to Ziff Davis, which is now owned by J2 Global.

The price the business cloud provider — with online services such as eFax, Onebox and eVoice — paid for the gaming unit is unclear, but News Corp. bought IGN for $650 million in cash in late 2005. This transaction is considerably lower, sources said.

IGN operates a number of sites, including IGN itself, AskMen.com and Gamestats.com. Ziff Davis, which J2 bought last year for $167 million, has properties such as PCMag.com, Geek.com, ComputerShopper and ExtremeTech.

It has been on the market over the last six months, after an attempt to spin if off failed and its head, Roy Bahat, left the company.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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So they sold 1up to IGN to buy it back a handful of years later? Ziff Davis making good choices since the start of time.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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Whatever happened to Fran Mirabella.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:43 PM   #4
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:45 AM   #5
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Hasn't Ziff Davis failed enough in the game journalism arena?
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:52 AM   #6
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It's always nice to get a negative return on an investment. This is another big hit for News Corp.

I predict that this will negatively impact START on Youtube, and GameSpy. Perhaps even IGN Pro League.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:36 AM   #7
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Hope they dont mess with IGN, i actually enjoy their content and some of their reviews impact my game purchasing decisions
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:53 AM   #8
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So, just IGN? Or IGN/Gamespy/1up and whatever other game sites fall under that umbrella these days.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:56 AM   #9
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So, just IGN? Or IGN/Gamespy/1up and whatever other game sites fall under that umbrella these days.
I'm sure it'll include all of IGN's assets / properties, both alive and dead. GameSpy, 1-Up, Ask Men, Planet sites, TeamXbox, GameSpy, etc.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:57 AM   #10
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Derp, double GameSpy. Is there a reason EA doesn't allow editing of posts?
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:10 AM   #11
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Derp, double GameSpy. Is there a reason EA doesn't allow editing of posts?
Only the elitists with a 2005 join date can edit news posts. You can edit general forum posts though.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:40 PM   #12
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:48 PM   #13
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Whether you like it or not, IGN is a pretty big brand in games "journalism" (I use the word with some amount of irony). They are the guys that score some of the big interviews and although their editorials are generally total garbage, their reviews have gotten better over the years.
Add to that a distinct effort to push their better writers forward as the public faces of the company, and you come away with a much more personal IGN. Ive grown very attached to some of those guys. Greg Miller may be a total dork, but he seems like the kind of dork you could drink with.
I like IGN, and I hope whatever entity purchases them keeps the good writers and content creators.
Also:Brian Altano is a funny mother fucker.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:43 PM   #14
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Only the elitists with a 2005 join date can edit news posts. You can edit general forum posts though.
I have a 2005 join date and I still can't edit posts.

Fuck, i joined this site 8 years ago.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:50 PM   #15
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IGN has been pretty bad for a long time now or since around the time they started to push the sub service. I actually used a loophole a while back to sign up for a Prime membership free and got into a handful of betas. They're Dorito marketing level of competence.

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Still crying about that I see...
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I have a 2005 join date and I still can't edit posts.

Fuck, i joined this site 8 years ago.
I've been on this site for... probably 12 years now? Maybe even longer! I originally came for the Flamethrower features around the time Ion Storm was imploding and just never left, even though I wanted to when they brought the new forums online. That was a dark day...
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:25 AM   #18
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