Breaking news: 1UP bought out by UGO Entertainment, EGM killed in the process [Confirmed]

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An amusing picture to dull the impact of the news

As posted earlier,Today is the day 1UP and all of its associated sites was acquired by UGO, and EGM was put out to pasture after 20 years of slogging it out in the industry.

This news has stirred up ambivalent feelings. The acquisition may mean 1UP may become an even better gaming site and go from strength to strength. On the other hand, no less than 41 employees were laid in the process.

Check the full list after the jump, along with some thoughts.

My RSS reader lit up with everything saying the same thing, 1UP has been bought out. The reason it lit up like it did was regarding which 1UP employees were laid off and how many were laid off. Joystiq had this confirmed list of ex-1UPers:

Adrian Frieg
Amy Mishra
Amy Moran
Andrea Garcia
Andrew Fitch
Andrew “Skip” Pfister
Anthony Gallegos
Cesar Quintero
Christina Rosa
CoyLou Steel
Derek Chinn
Doug Parsons
Eric Ellis
Giancarlo Varanini
Greg Ford
James “Milkman” Mielke
Jason Bertrand
Jason Wilson
Jervilyn Jaramillo
Justin Frechette
Leslie Gelfand
Marci Yamaguchi
Matt Chandronait
May Tong
Meredith Stowe
Michael Donahoe
Monique Convertito
Ndubuisi Madu
Nick Suttner
Norris Boothe
Philip Kollar
Rey Serrano
Robert Bowen
Rosemary Pinkham
Ryan O’Donnell
Ryan Scott
Shane Bettenhausen
Simon Cox
Tammy Ross
Tipler Ubbelohde

Other confirmed casualties included the podcast 1UP Yours and the 1UP Videocast.

The 1UP post on this deal has some positivity in it, with it ending, “Please join with us in celebrating this major news for 1UP.”

Sorry guys, too many fellow gamers/writers were caught between the crossfire for us to crack open the Champagne and celebrate.

Last Updated: January 7, 2009

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