AOL to shutdown Joystiq and Wow Insider


There were rumors last week that AOL would be shutting down fellow gaming website Joystiq. Joystiq via Twitter has officially confirmed that AOL will be closing down the site. Not only that, it’s also shutting down Massively, TUAW and WoWInsider, along with UK sites Parentdish and MyDaily, which will be absorbed into Huffington Post’s UK site.

Originally launched in 2004, Joystiq was acquired by AOL in 2005 and would quickly rise up to be one of the top sites for gaming new, review and information. This led many fans to be surprised at this turn of events.

So what led to this decision by AOL to shut down theses four popular websites? According to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, it is a cost-cutting move to drop operating costs and drop unprofitable businesses, since the affected sites have seen a decline in traffic.

Over the course of the last few years, we’ve gotten the chance to meet many members at Joystiq at different events. I’m sad to hear many of the writers and team members will be out of jobs. I wish them all the best.

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