CVG Shuts Down
Back in May, we brought you news that the world’s oldest gaming publication, CVG, was on the chopping block as part of their publisher’s structural evaluation. A second round of evaluations took place earlier this month and on Friday, CVG announced that they would be closing their doors.
The news was announced in a letter from current CVG editor Andy Robinson which included thoughts and reminisces from past CVG editors.
The move will be completed in February 2015. CVG’s content will be merged into that of GamesRadar, also under the Future publishing banner. According to Declan Gough, head of content and marketing at Future Games, Music and Film, along with CVG, the online platforms for Edge, Official PlayStation and Total Xbox will be merged into GamesRadar.
While Future says that they will be adding positions and hiring for GamesRadar, Robinson said in his post that none of the current CVG staff would be transferring over to GamesRadar.
CVG was launched as the print magazine Computer & Video Games. The first issue of CVG was first published in November 1981. It was billed as the “first fun computer magazine.” While we can argue about the editorializing by the marketing team, it was true that CVG was the first magazine dedicated to gaming in the world.
CVG magazine was published for 23 years until 2004 when the print magazine was dropped and the company’s focus turned to CVG’s website which launched in 1999. Publisher Future attempted to revive CVG as a bi-monthly publication in 2008 but discontinued that effort in 2009. And that brings us to February 2015 when CVG, as an independent publication and brand, will no longer exist.