Game Informer revealed its first concern again in 1991 and it’s nonetheless going sturdy as we speak as one of the crucial recognizable video games journalism retailers within the business. It’s additionally one of many few to nonetheless put out a print concern. Editor-in-Chief Andy McNamara has been with the publication since that first concern, however introduced as we speak that he can be stepping away from Game Informer after 29 years.
Hard to consider, however that is my final week at Game Informer. After 29 years, it’s time for a change. I’m leaving video games journalism. I wished to thank everybody who made this dream doable. It has been an incredible expertise. My closing letter: https://t.co/SklmJMKBIo (1/3)
— Andy McNamara (@TheRealAndyMc) June 30, 2020
McNamara has been Editor-in-Chief since 1994 and has helped get 327 problems with the journal out the door (together with the large quantities of change that got here over time together with the creation of the Game Informer web site/net protection, possession by GameCease, and GameCease not too long ago letting a big chunk of the employees go). As McNamara himself says in his goodbye put up, it wasn’t all the time straightforward, however he discovered that the Game Informer crew might “fight through anything” and overcome each problem within the final 29 years.
Game Informer will proceed on, regardless of its proprietor GameCease going through an unsure future. Andrew Reiner, who has been with Game Informer for 26 years, can be taking up on the helm of the journal. McNamara isn’t leaving the video games business, however is stepping away for the journalism aspect of it. For now, we simply know that he’s shifting out to LA for a brand new alternative that he’ll element at a later date.
McNamara spoke with former Game Informer writer Elise Favis for the Washington Post about his tenure and eventually stepping away. He began searching for different alternatives with the primary spherical of layoffs that occurred final 12 months. “I just felt like that was the end of my run. I started to look for something new to do and started talking to game companies just to see where I might fit and what I could do.”
He’s additionally hoping that his leaving supplies some room for brand new voices in video games journalism. “When you have the same job for 29 years, there’s not a lot of room at the top,” he mentioned. “There wasn’t room for growth. And I think, you know, I think I’m hoping that me getting out of games journalism opens up the door for new voices, for some change in diversity in games journalism.”
“I never wanted to leave, but it was the right time,” he mentioned. “I felt like I owed it to the team and I owed it to the readers. You know, I felt I owed it to Game Informer. But maybe I had done all I could do and it was time for me to move on. Game Informer will live on without me.”
[Source: Game Informer]