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Another one bites the dust – CVG is shutting down

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2014 has been a year filled with casualties this year. Numerous websites have shut down, publications have ceased to exist and my parrot is still pining for the fjords. One such website which looked like it may have weathered the storm however, was CVG. A digital spin-off of the longest running video game publication in history since 2004, CVG was on death row for the last six months waiting for a reprieve. Now, that switch has been pulled and the site is closing up shop.

Future Publishing announced that they would be ending the website, after an intial reprieve saw the core staff reduced to just three members back in June. Back then, Future CEO Zillah Byng-Maddick reportedly emailed staff explaining that the company’s current business model wasn’t “working hard enough,” and that it needed to “change and fast.”

This change in pace also resulted in several other websites under the Future banner being murdered, such as Edge Online, Official Xbox Magazine and Official Nintendo Magazine spanning the digital and print gauntlet. Even after massive cuts and various staff being future endeavoured, Future is still reporting a loss of around $50.4 million for the first half of the year, as it moves its game operations away from London and into Bath.

It’s been an all-around crappy year or two for many a game publication. 1up, GameSpy and the Penny Arcade Report were all killed off, with many other websites being dragged off into the sunset. I’m going to miss CVG. It had a great layout, quick content and a pretty decent accuracy rate. It’s also one of the first gaming magazines I ever read, a publication that had been kicking around since 1981. Finding a treasure trove stack of those magazines in my school library, will always be a magical moment for me.

Last Updated: December 1, 2014


  1. RinceThis

    December 1, 2014 at 11:07

    This makes me sad…


    • ToshZA

      December 1, 2014 at 11:11

      Blue Monday. And we get worst story of the week.


  2. Hammersteyn

    December 1, 2014 at 11:11

    Clerks FTW! Yet crappy sites like IGN and Polygon still goes on strong.


    • ToshZA

      December 1, 2014 at 11:11

      All that MS funding yo.


  3. Dutch Matrix

    December 1, 2014 at 11:26

    I remember getting a kick ass Duke Nukem poster in CVG one day. Oh! And a double sided poster featuring Tekken on one side and Fighting Vipers’s Honey on the other side.

    Man, I so crushed on Honey back in the day…



    • HairyEwok

      December 1, 2014 at 13:48

      Honey saying nyaaaa in that poster.


  4. Rags

    December 1, 2014 at 11:42

    Only clickbait trash will survive sadly.


  5. CAE9872

    December 1, 2014 at 13:29

    That is such sad news – I always go there to check their reviews, news, etc. That will have to change.


  6. McDangerousZa

    December 1, 2014 at 14:33

    Clerks reference FTW!


  7. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    December 2, 2014 at 11:24

    If only the whole of Gawker and IGN were shutting down… 🙁


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