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IGN had been the number one gaming journalism entity even before gaming was deemed popular. Located in the San Francisco area of California, IGN has truly broken ground in terms of social media marketing and journalism. Today, we are here to talk about their history and how it became what it is today.

History of IGN

The IGN content network was a creation of publishing executive Jonathan Simpson-Bint coming into existence in September 1996 as the Imagine Games Network. It began as five separate websites inside Imagine Media: N64.com (later renamed ign64.com), PSXPower, Saturnworld, Next-Generation.com, and Ultra Game Players Online. Imagine built an affiliate network that featured independent fan sites including PSX Nation.com, Sega-Saturn.com, Game Sages, and GameFAQs, in addition to its own-and-operated websites.

History of IGN - Everything you need to know

In 1998, the network introduced a new homepage that merged the separate sites under the IGN name as system channels. Next-Generation and Ultra Game Players Online were not a part of the merger; U.G.P.O. was dissolved when the magazine was canceled, and Next-Generation was placed on hold when Imagine opted to focus on developing the short-lived Daily Radar brand.

Subsidiaries & Spin-offs

Vault Network, a website dedicated to role-playing video games, was purchased by IGN in 1999. IGN founded GameStats, a review aggregate website, in 2004. GameStats has a GPM (Game Popularity Metric) ranking system that takes into account the average press score, average gamerscore, and the amount of page hits for the game. The site, however, is no longer of use.

History of IGN - Everything you need to know

In 2005, IGN Entertainment and GameSpy Industries amalgamated. FilePlanet, a game download site, was also a part of the IGN group; both FilePlanet and the GameSpy website are still active as video game-related websites as of 2011. In 2005, IGN Entertainment purchased the online male lifestyle magazine AskMen. It bought film review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes in 2004 and sold it to Flixster in 2010.


The owner of the YouTube channel Boomstick Gaming accused Filip Miucin of plagiarizing his video review of the game Dead Cells in August 2018. IGN amended its review on August 7 with a statement saying that its writers “take plagiarism very seriously”. They were looking into the claim. IGN issued a fresh review by Brandin Tyrrel on August 10th, along with an editor’s letter apologizing once more and clarifying that “this review represents purely the opinion of the new reviewer.”

History of IGN - Everything you need to know

Miucin answered in an unlisted video that while he took “full ownership over what transpired,” the resemblance was not deliberate. IGN declared on August 14 that they will remove all of Miucin’s work pending further evaluation. Miucin admits to plagiarism and apologized on his YouTube channel on April 19, 2019.

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