That Gaming Site Ceases Operation
That Gaming Site Editor-in-Chief explains why the site is ceasing operations.
This is perhaps one of the hardest posts I've ever had to write, That Gaming Site has ceased operations. This decision may come as a shock to some, in late May it was decided that the site would no longer be updated when the month ends. This decision wasn't made lightly and there were many factors that influenced our judgment.
That Gaming Site went live in early 2008, since then the site has gone through many revisions, changes, etc. Unfortunately, traffic was one of them. We saw site traffic rise before finally hitting its highest point in mid-2009 with nearly half a million users per month, words can't describe the feelings everyone involved felt at this time. Eventually traffic began to slip but we remained constant until 2010 when we dropped to some of our lowest levels ever. For well over a year we tried to recover, even looking into alternative ways to sustain ourselves when it came to hitting monthly traffic targets. I still believe strongly in the plan we made, the site simply didn't have the resources to pull it off. In the end, there was only so much we could do.
As I've alluded to the site has often struggled with staff, we were always understaffed in the grand scheme of things. Staff were always hard to find for us as a result of growing competition within the industry. In the end it finally caught up to us and restricted our options. Despite this it fills me with great pride knowing our writers have moved on to bigger publications or industries (in a good way!) after spending time at That Gaming Site, it's a joy that words can't give justice.
Coincidentally, around the same time I was informed that Video Game Purists was also contemplating its future. Fred (the host of VGP) and I attempted to work out a solution but in the end they did what was best for them. Video Game Purists episode 115 discusses these issues and the future of the show; it's worth a listen for those curious.
On the subject of podcasts, Darkhan City is still active although our sponsorship with them will end. For those who listen to the show I recommend you visit the official podcast site to keep up with future episodes.
In hindsight one can see it as the perfect storm; these factors came together at the right time and I simply had to do what I felt was best for all involved. Traffic and staff are the life blood of the industry so when either of those factors are at risk one needs to reflect on where they are headed and what they should do going forward. I don't want to give the impression that it was always doom and gloom at the site since that simply wasn't the case, from receiving our very first review copy to speaking with industry professionals who were behind the games we loved as kids, it was always a fun, exciting, and challenging experience for all involved.
When the decision was made my primary goal was to ensure the best for That Gaming Site writers both past and present. The site could have been sold but with no guarantee that the content would remain intact I decided against it. Quite a few TGS writers have written great things for the site, content they consider some of their best, putting it all in limbo was something I wanted to avoid. In the end I decided a peaceful closure was the best course of option. My goal is to keep the site up for as long as I can to ensure this work is still available. There are still a few changes I have in mind for the site cosmetically but that's likely all that will be changed after today. I won't rule out a return for That Gaming Site one day, but certainly not for the foreseeable future.
It's been a wild ride and I would like to thank all of our readers for their support, whether you found something on our site years ago or visited the site often, your support is greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank those in the games industry who have contributed to the site be it through interviews, reviews, editorials, or other means. I can't forget about our advertising partners either (IndieClick, Intergi, and GameAds) who have supported us through everything. And lastly, I can't forget the contributions of our writers, community managers, podcast hosts, and forum moderators, over the years. Be proud of what you were able to accomplish with your contributions, I ask that you don't dwell on the end result, instead remember all the great memories and skills that were gained along the way. Thank you all for your help!
Signing off for what seems to be the last time,
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
That Gaming Site