It was only a matter of time, I guess. Once Ziff Davis acquired IGN and everything they'd already gobbled up, folks immediately began speculating what outlets would be folded. Turns out, the answer's pretty much everything but IGN and AskMen. Specifically, 1UP, UGO, and GameSpy have all gone the way of the dinosaur. It's not like this should come as too much of a surprise to anyone that's ever witnessed a business acquisition from the sidelines before, but it's still disappointing for everyone that enjoyed the content those sites once produced.
Only a few days after the Wall Street Journal reported that News Corp is shopping Myspace on the cheap, All Things Digital is reporting that News Corp's IGN -- best known as a video game culture destination -- has bought the similar, though smaller Internet network of sites, UGO, which is probably best known for video game site, 1up.com. It is being reported that the acquisition and merger will be announced within the next few days, but that isn't all: IGN is planned to split from News Corp and act as a standalone business that will keep its focus on video game culture, news and reviews.