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Eurogamer is a United Kingdom based website focused on video games news, reviews and other features. It is operated by Gamer Network Ltd. with headquarters in Brighton, which was formed in 1999 by brothers Rupert and Nick Loman. Gamer Network claims that the site has the largest readership of any independent videogames website in Europe (over 5.7 million unique users in November 2011), and was the first such site to subject its traffic to independent verification by the ABC Electronic system.
Most of the reviews (which are scored on a 10-point scale) are of European or PAL releases of the games, but given the time disparity between Japanese or North American/NTSC releases, some reviews are done using the latter. In February 2006, the company launched its video channel, Eurogamer TV, though this was ultimately absorbed into the main website.
Eurogamer's editor is Tom Bramwell, who took over the role from Kristan Reed in January 2008. Bramwell is the longest-serving member of the editorial staff, having worked on the publication since early 2000. Contributors have included past or present writers from PC Gamer, GamesTM, Edge, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun, such as Oliver Welsh, Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol, John Walker, Simon Parkin, Alec Meer, Richard Leadbetter, Dan Whitehead, and David McCarthy, as well as former GamesIndustry.biz editor Rob Fahey.
At the Leipzig Games Convention in August 2006, Eurogamer launched their first non-English language site of the franchise – Eurogamer Germany. This was followed up with Eurogamer France in June 2007, Eurogamer Portugal in May 2008, Eurogamer Netherlands in August 2008, Eurogamer Spain and Eurogamer Italy in Oct 2008, Eurogamer Romania in March 2009, Eurogamer Czech in May 2009, Eurogamer Denmark in June 2009, Eurogamer Belgium in August 2009 and Eurogamer Sweden in April 2010. In April 2011, Eurogamer Netherlands and Eurogamer Belgium merged and formed Eurogamer Benelux. Eurogamer Romania closed down in 2011. In November 2012, Eurogamer launched their first non-European site – Brasilgamer.
Eurogamer has a sister site, GamesIndustry.biz, which reports on the global video games industry. In May 2008 the site launched the GamesIndustry.biz Network for industry professionals.
In the media
Eurogamer founder Rupert Loman was interviewed in February 2007 by MCV magazine. He was also featured in the Sunday Telegraph on 19 August 2007, speaking about the experience he has gained from choosing to run Eurogamer instead of attending university.
At the Games Media Awards Eurogamer.net won the categories of Best Games Website – News, and Best Games Website – Reviews & Features in 2007. The two awards were consolidated in 2008 and the site went on to win the new award for Best Games Website in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 making it the only website to win the award in its history. Deputy Editor Tom Bramwell won Best Writer in Specialist Digital Media and Eurogamer TV editor Johnny Minkley won Best Games-Dedicated Broadcast on Mainstream TV or Radio in 2007.
Rupert Loman was winner of Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 at the Sussex Business Awards and The Observer's "One to Watch" in Media 2007. He was also selected as one of 30 "Young Guns" by Growing Business magazine in October 2008.
The first Eurogamer Expo took place at the Old Truman Brewery as part of the London Games Festival 2008 and was attended by 4,000 people. In 2009, the show took place at The Royal Armouries in Leeds and the Old Billingsgate Market in London at the end of October. Since 2010, Eurogamer Expo has been held at Earls Court and the 2013 event is due to be held at Earls Court as well between 26–29 September.
|2008||28–29 October||Old Truman Brewery||London||4,000|
|Royal Armouries Museum
Old Billingsgate Market
|2010||1–3 October||Earls Court Exhibition Centre||London||20,000|
Notes and references
- Product Page. ABC.
- The ABC Electronic Website. Abce.org.uk.
- Eurogamer TV. Eurogamer.net.
- • Notícias, análises de videogames, vídeos e fórum •. Brasilgamer.com.br.
- The Euro(gamer) vision | Games industry news | MCV. Mcvuk.com.
- Ellie Gibson. Eurogamer wins awards.
- Tom Bramwell. Record attendance at EG Expo.
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