The games market is such a lucrative industry, with over USD 130 billion in revenues last year. Though still considered by most as a hobby, gaming has turned into a money-earning profession and worldwide competition, even possibly as an Olympic sport in the future. With the proliferation of video games in the market, the public needs up-to-date news about the industry and look for reliable sources of information. Here are the go-to websites when it comes to gaming.
Yanier Gonzalez had a personal agenda when he founded Destructoid in 2006. It was because he wanted to attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that year. However, he was not allowed to attend E3. After that, Gonzalez worked on the site’s contents. He put up original editorials and drew cartoons. With the improved content, it caught the eye of other gaming blogs. The following year, the site was launched again, this time with a host of contributors, blogs from its users and readers, and different forums. Since then, it has evolved into giving news breaking stories about the gaming world, making it the top-of-mind choice. Plus, it allows its contributors and users to share their two cents on reviews of various games available in the market or on news. Sign up is free and optional. In 2017, the website was bought by Enthusiast Gaming.
Game Informer started as a video game magazine in 1991. In 1996, the website version was launched. In 2000, GameStop bought the magazine, which led to the discontinuation of the website. But in 2003, the website was relaunched. Going through a complete overhaul, the new site featured a new design and many additions. Aside from the usual news, it added a reviews database and exclusive content for subscribers. In 2009, the website underwent another facelift, alongside the redesign of the magazine. The new site added more features, e.g. the creation of user reviews, a redesigned media player, and a feed on site users’ activities. Every year, the site comes up with their Top 50 Games of the previous year and “hand out” awards like Game of the Year. But if you are looking for information on UK online casino guides, this site might not be for you.
Founded by Pete Deemer, Vince Broady, and Jon Epstein in 1996, GameSpot was created to give news primarily on PC games. Later in the year, its sister website, VideoGameSpot, focused on console games. In 1998, the contents of the 2 sites were consolidated in GameSpot, and VideoGameSpot was retired. The site contains news, reviews, user blogs, user views, game previews, user forums, and downloads. In 1999, the site was already recognized as one of the best 100 websites by PC Magazine. In 2000, The New York Times dubbed GameSpot as “the Time and Newsweek of gaming sites.” In 2004, GameSpot received the Best Gaming Website accolade from Spike TV’s viewers in its Video Game Award Show. Not to mention the Webby Awards it has won several times. The site underwent design changes in 2005 and 2013. Eventually, the site was acquired by ZDNet, which was bought by CNET Networks, which was bought by CBS Interactive.