Well this is a bit of a shocker. After 13 years of producing and publishing gaming-driven video coverage and content, GameTrailers is officially closing down. The news arrived via tweets and Facebook updates from Brandon Jones, GameTrailers founder. More details after the break.
The first word came from Jones’ Twitter feed, which said:
Today is the last day of GameTrailers. I wish it wasn’t so. I love all of our fans like family. Thank you for letting me do this job.
— Brandon Jones (@GameTrailersVO) February 9, 2016
Following that was a Facebook post along the same lines. It doesn’t explain the official reason for the closing, but Jones took the time to thank GameTrailers’ supporters. Further news came via Ben Moore, associate editor of GameTrailers, who said in a NeoGAF post:
“Hi everyone, Ben here. I just wanted to confirm that GameTrailers is shutting down officially today. Everyone is being let go. We all found out mere hours ago, so we’re still reeling a bit. Sincerely, thank you all for the tremendous support.”
GameTrailers broke new ground in 2002 by producing original, high-quality video content related to gaming. It’s difficult to imagine that gaming videos haven’t always been the norm, what with the abundant let’s plays these days, but the games journalism industry of the early 2000s was still very much rooted in text and static images. Many readers of NAG magazine (sigh…) probably first encountered GameTrailers on the bundled disc, which frequently included their video content.
At the time of writing the GameTrailers website is still live, as is their YouTube channel, and it’s presently unknown if their archive will be taken down or de-listed. Hopefully the talented people of GT will find new and successful ventures to embark on. In the meantime, I’m going to go sit in my Crying Chair for a little while.