I got rather sad when I read through an e-mail that I received from GameWires last night (the e-mail was sent to me/us from Zach, the owner of GameWires). You see, I was informed that it seems GameWires is shutting down their site in the near future (that’s the reason why you can’t submit any new posts on the site anymore):
“GameWires is shutting down. I will keep the site live for a while so posts will still get traffic, but the site will not be taking any new submissions.
To make a long story short, I used to run a hiking website. Medical issues prevented me from hiking so I was happy to take on GameWires as a project. With the recent approval of a new medication, I am able to get back into hiking and want to shift my focus back to that site.
If GameWires was growing, I would continue to maintain it, but it’s not. That’s hardly news to those of you that watch your analytics. The site’s goal was to be a viable alternative to N4G. It would seem, however, that the site just can’t maintain any momentum. Every year during E3, Gamescom, and other events as well as with past contests, the site sees huge traffic spikes, but none of it sticks around.
I want to thank you all for your support and wish you the best with your individual sites. Seriously, some of the best content I’ve read has been from posts on this site.
So, why is this a bad thing? It’s because of two reasons:
1. GameWires is one of the few good alternatives to N4G.com
2. GameWires is very easy to use, and the owner/mods of the site is not politically biased (in other words, they don’t kill off your posts just because they don’t agree with your opinions)
As good as that sounds though, it still wasn’t enough to save GameWires. As it appears as if GameWires hasn’t grown satisfactorily over time to justify its existence (at least that’s what Zach told me). On a personal level though, I have no idea (whatsoever) how GameWires hasn’t been able to grow more than it has done over the years. Because just like I said before, GameWires is one of the few alternatives to N4G.com. That’s also why I advised Zach to sell GameWires, as I feel like the site could still be turned into a success story with the right person (s) in command.
Well, funny enough. As I was starting to write-up this post, Zach sent me a new e-mail where he informed me that he has already received a few offers for GameWires. So I truly hope that there will be a happy ending for GameWires, as I have no desire to see the site close down for good. Well, time will tell. So I wish GameWires the best of luck with everything.
And with that said, what’s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
Robin “V-Act” Ek
Editor in chief
The Gaming Ground
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