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.
Online publisher Ziff Davis has just completed the purchase of IGN, meaning that the company will be reunited with its erstwhile gaming property 1up.com. For those of you playing along at home, the IGN sale is a reunion of sorts. 1up.com, once a Ziff Davis owned property, was purchased by UGO when the company entered bankruptcy in 2009. IGN, meanwhile, purchased UGO, in 2011. NewsCorp, the Rupert Murdoch owned media conglomerate, which owns IGN, began looking to spin off the site and its attendant properties, and found a buyer in Ziff Davis, which gets back 1up.com as well as a number of other names in the gaming media world. As you can see, the circle of video game media life is nearly complete. In the next step, Ziff Davis will be eaten by hyenas, and a lovely forest will sprout up in its place.