Can We #SaveJoystiq and Massively?

JoystiqI titled this post with a question that I don’t have an answer to. Sorry for the disappointment. But I’m sure my own dismay in hearing that AOL may be closing down gaming news sites Joystiq and Massively far outweighs it. I know a lot of other bloggers have picked up on this story, first reported in this re/code article, but I wanted to add my voice to theirs – if nothing else, to continue to spread awareness.

The article was short and to the point. This is, of course, all about money, and this is AOL we’re talking about.

According to numerous sources, AOL is likely to shutter its primary video game site Joystiq, part of an extensive house-cleaning of its underperforming content properties that is taking place over the next weeks. The site, which seems to have about a dozen staffers, was founded in 2004 as an extension of Engadget and as part of Weblogs, which AOL bought in 2005.

I’m somewhat a newer reader of Massively in particular, which I’ve come to rely on for straight-up, solid gaming news. I laud the writers for telling it like it is, which really hit it off with me through various MMO launches last year.

I also really appreciate Justin Olivetti’s Global Chat series, where he shares posts that we gaming bloggers write, and highlights our questions and thoughts for the Massively audience. My posts have been included in this series a few times, the most noticeably and recently here. I can’t tell you what a huge boost it is to a blogger to see your post and thoughts exposed in this way. I don’t know any other large news site that takes the time to do this!

I’m not sure what we can do to save these fantastic sites, but it can’t hurt to spread awareness and lend another voice to the chorus of appreciation and support.  I hope for the best for all the writers involved in giving the gaming community so much of themselves on a daily basis.


  1. Noooooooooooo! Well, yeah, it’s all about the money. I’ve been a Massively reader for ages, though, and it’s been a site I’ve checked on the daily for going on 7 or so years now. I don’t know what could be done to “save” it, as the decision is really out of our hands. I would hope that if it can’t be saved by AOL, that it be bought up by another media outlet. I know that MMO news is a fringe outlet at best, but Massively is the best of that niche, and their journalists aren’t afraid to tell it how it is.

    1. I’m not sure what we can do either, but I will not go gentle into that good night! Well… not before having my say and spreading the info as much as I can.

  2. Massively has its faults but its by far the best MMO news aggregator. I get a huge amount of solid information from the site and it has directly prompted me to try out a lot of MMOs I’d probably never even have heard of otherwise. Just an hour ago I downloaded Valliance Online because I saw a news item about the open pre-alpha on Massively.

    Also I agree about Syp’s “Global Chat” column. Syp is a great booster for MMO blogging and that column is one of the rare opportunities for him to showcase the community to potentially interested outsiders. I’ve been linked there a few times and it always brings a flurry of page hits, presumably from people who don’t usually visit my blog.

    Whether there’s any chance for Massively itself to be saved in the form and under the name it exists now I somewhat doubt but I do hope that there’s a chance for another MMO news-based blogging collective to rise from its ashes. If not I’m going to have to work a LOT harder to find out what’s going on in this hobby…

  3. I’ve been following Massively for the past few years, and I don’t know of any site that puts out more informative and interesting MMO news. Basically, I rely on them to tell me what goes on in the MMO world.

    If they’d go for a donation based business model, I’d be happy to support them with a modest monthly donation.

  4. Global chat was an amazing initiative. It’s very rare for those big sites to look down on those below, let alone support them in such a way

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