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Game Developer magazine ceases publication after 19 years

UBM Tech has ended publication of the print and digital Game Developer magazine, which has been in circulation for 19 years. The last issue releases in June/early July.

Gamasutra, which is also owned by UBM, is taking a hit as well. News editor Frank Cifaldi tweeted, "I didn't work for Game Developer, but I got hit by the same restructuring, so I'm no longer at Gamasutra."

"Game Developer magazine, which I worked on for eight years (one more as a columnist/adviser), is closing," tweeted Brandon Sheffield, the senior contributing editor of Gamasutra. "End of an era."

The closures are part of a "strategic shift in the company's focus toward a unique business model," according to a public statement. Game Developer will "transition to become a section in Gamasutra." Legacy content will move to the site, "where we also hope to continue publishing new Game Developer-centric content from some of our regular contributors," wrote the Gamasutra staff.

Gamasutra has over 1 million unique monthly visitors and 3.5 million page views per month.

Parent company UBM "is simultaneously shifting other print publications either to digital only or to website-specific content, orienting them to help support our growing community-centric events such as Game Developers Conference," wrote Gamasutra.

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[Joystiq]

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