Game Informer's Australian edition ends

By Craig Daveson in Media News on
Game Informer Australia is set to be replaced by the US edition as a result of cuts made by EB Games and its parent company Gamestop.
 
Australian editor David Milner announced the news in a lengthy social media post today, which marks his final as editor of the publication.
 
In that post, Milner attributed the closure to Gamestop’s inability to find a buyer in recent months, and a drop in the company’s share price.
 
As Game Informer’s Australian editor, Milner was responsible for 68 issues of the magazine, which is one of few Australian made specialist gaming publications still on the shelves.
 
“I don't know what’s next. I need time to think. This is a job that never slept; even when I was on holiday I was checking emails, managing crises, handling social media, always thinking about the next deadline,” said Milner.
 
“I once brought my laptop to the MCG and subbed magazine pages during the Boxing Day test match.”
 
“I haven’t been completely off for six years, and a small part of me is relieved I finally get to slow down for a while.”
 
Under Milner’s direction in the past year, Game Informer Australia had grown its readership by 19 per cent, though he conceded in his post that ad sales had not matched that figure.
 
Milner, who joined the publication after winning its NextBigCritic competition in 2011, used the opportunity to list some of his proudest moments at the publication.
 
Those include running a cover in support of the LGBTQI community during 2017’s marriage equality campaign, long-form reporting on issues affecting Australia and its games industry, and personally paying freelancers to finish up their work when the publication’s budget was cut last year.
 
Game Informer is not the first such publication to close in recent times. Most recently, PC & Tech Authority finished its run last year when Nextmedia sold its consumer tech assets to Future.
 
Looking toward the future, Milner told Influencing that he is open to new writing and editing opportunities, and not just in the gaming field.
 
David can be contacted via milbo@live.com.au.
 
He is also on Twitter at @DaveMilbo, and his band Nuada just released its first music video at https://www.facebook.com/nuadaband.

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