The news comes by way of the website’s Twitter page and that of the founder, Brandon Jones. “Today is the last day of GameTrailers. I wish it wasn’t so. I love all our fans like family. Thank you for letting me do this job,” Jones says in a brief, but heartfelt post.
For years, GameTrailers was the go to place for exclusive and easy access to the latest video game trailers. The website was founded in August of 2002 as video was becoming a far more accessible way of gaining gaming information, especially over the typical magazine sources. For over a decade, GT earned exclusive access to the industry’s biggest announcements. During its heyday, it was also the go to place for staying up to date with industry events like E3 and Gamescom.
However, such access is not as grand as it once was; with the rise of YouTube and Twitch, and other gaming websites utilizing these services, sites like GameTrailers became less and less necessary. A sad, yet true, fact, the site’s downfall was somewhat expected.
Additionally, saddening is the knowledge that those employed by GameTrailers were only given notice hours before the news went public. According to a Neogaf post by the website’s associate editor, Ben Moore, “everyone is being let go.”
We here at GeekFeed wish the best for those who have suddenly found themselves unemployed, and can only hope they find work quickly as they are clearly a talented bunch of people.