In the age of new media, Twitch, and Youtube writing about your favorite video games is a tough job and the big names do not always make it any easier. In a bitter blow, it seems that Variety magazine is about to close their entire gaming division as soon as the curtains close on this year’s E3.
Variety magazine’s gaming coverage has primarily been the domain of Brian Crecente ever since April 2018. He moved to support Variety’s expansion into the modern media landscape and very quickly earned the site a reputation for some great reporting. Despite the efforts of Kotaku’s founding editor and a small band of freelance journalists, the following tweet slipped out recently.
I see word is getting out about @Variety_Gaming. Good news bad news.
We're going to have some great E3 coverage this year.
I will no longer have a job the day the show ends.
Aint no party like an E3 party!
— Crecente (@crecenteb) May 10, 2019
The final date for Variety’s curtain call is reported to be Jun 13 and staff at the site will continue to publish until the last lights go out. This is a particularly bitter blow to the acceptance of video games in wider media, especially with the recent work done by the site on the alarming culture behind E3 and its treatment of staff. You might not expect us to point you in the direction of the competition but if you haven’t had a chance to peruse the variety gaming subsection then go check it out before Penske Media call last orders on a team that has managed so much with so little.