British magazine publisher Future plc has revealed that both GamesMaster and GamesTM will release their last issues next month.
Between them, the two magazines have spent over 40 years gracing the UK’s shelves, with GamesMaster being around since 1993, and GamesTM launching a little more recently in 2002. Both magazines covered multi-format news and features, leaving Future’s Edge magazine as the last, long-running mag dedicated to covering all systems in the country.
GamesMaster, as some of our older readers will be aware, actually started life as a TV show in the early ’90s, and the magazine was launched alongside it. Here’s the first ever episode, in case you wanted to dive into a time tunnel of nostalgia:
Tony Mott, brand director of games at Future, has released the following statement:
“Despite the company’s strong performance overall, unfortunately Games TM and GamesMaster are no longer profitable parts of the business, which means that their next issues, on sale November 1st, will be the final editions.
“The decision was an extremely difficult one, but everyone here is enormously proud of what the magazines have achieved in their lifetimes – an incredible 25 years in GamesMaster’s case – and we are currently redeploying affected staff within the company.”
Future still runs a variety of gaming specific publications on top of Edge magazine, such as the Official Xbox and PlayStation mags, PC Gamer, Retro Gamer, and MCV, as well as a number of websites such as Gamesradar. Official Nintendo Magazine was also owned by Future until eventually being closed down back in 2014.
Naturally, we wish all those affected, from staff writers to freelancers and everyone in between, the very best moving forward.