UGO Aquire 1UP Network – to Stay, EGM to Finish, 30 Staff Let Go Including O’Donnell and Bettenhausen


It’s not the best news to kick off 2009 with on GOONL!NE but those are the brakes.

UGO Entertainment has accuired the 1UP Network from Ziff Davis Media from the dying ZD Network of websites. It means that the entire 1UP website will stay but such flagship stuff from 1UP such as The 1UP show and 1UP Yours will be nore more.

And as well as that, EGM, after 20 years of bringing people the latest reviews and previews as well as news, will no longer be on sale, it’s January issue which is on sale right now, will be the issue’s last. Shame… we never got to find out about this Manhattan sized megaton they promised us.

And Joystiq have obtained a list of up to 30 people who have been laid of by UGO from 1UP, 2 of which are pretty big names at 1UP, Ryan O’Donnell and Shane Bettenhausen.

The full list is:

Adrian Frieg
Amy Mishra
Amy Moran
Andrea Garcia
Andrew Fitch
Andrew “Skip” Pfister
Anthony Gallegos
Cesar Quintero
Christina Rosa
CoyLou Steel
Derek Chinn
Doug Parsons
Eric Ellis
Giancarlo Varanini
Greg Ford
James “Milkman” Mielke
Jason Bertrand
Jason Wilson
Jervilyn Jaramillo
Justin Frechette
Leslie Gelfand
Marci Yamaguchi
Matt Chandronait
May Tong
Meredith Stowe
Michael Donahoe
Monique Convertito
Ndubuisi Madu
Nick Suttner
Norris Boothe
Philip Kollar
Rey Serrano
Robert Bowen
Rosemary Pinkham
Ryan O’Donnell
Ryan Scott
Shane Bettenhausen
Simon Cox
Tammy Ross
Tipler Ubbelohde

Lets hope 1UP get out of this better and bigger then before.

Official: UGO buys 1UP, EGM dead [update] [Joystiq]
Assessing the damage at 1UP [update] [Joystiq]