In a surprise announcement on Twitter, GameTrailers has revealed that they are shutting down today after a 13-year run. The company started off keeping the gaming world up to date on the latest and great video games trailers, as their name would imply, but over the years evolved to bring original series, streaming, reviews, and more.
GameTrailers took a look back at their history on their Facebook post announcing the closure:
When GameTrailers was founded in 2002, internet video was a revolutionary concept. YouTube wouldn’t be founded for another three years; consumer live streaming was nine years away. Back then, online game journalism was still dominated by text articles and static imagery. The most prestigious coverage still happened in print. If you wanted to watch a show about video games, you had to watch it on a special TV station that had 10 shows.
GameTrailers helped change all that. Today, game journalism is dominated by video: trailers, live gameplay, Let’s Plays, and news shows. Now there are millions of hours of content available at any time on your PC, your game console, your TV, and your phone.
We’re proud we helped bring this world into being. That is the legacy of GameTrailers. We’re grateful to all of our fans who helped make us successful. Thank you for your continued support over the years. It has been an adventure.
GameTrailers will be hosting their final stream tonight at 6:00 PM PST over on their Twitch channel. If you are able, go hang out and send them off right.