After reporting Massively and WoW Insider would be closing their doors, word has emerged that both sites will be relaunching as independent outlets backed by funds garnered from crowdfunding campaigns. The news bodes well for both sites, previously the unfortunate casualties of AOL downsizing its videogame news division. Meanwhile Joystiq, another former AOL gaming site, will merge with Engadget along the Apple-based news blog TUAW.
Former Editor-in-chief Alex Ziebart led up to the announcement on February 2nd via Twitter. Upon introducing the new site — Blizzard Watch — and its Patreon page, the team reached their first milestone goal before recording their feature podcast The Queue. The Paetron fundraising effort has been a massive success, raising a budget of over $12,000 a month.
In a near-identical maneuver, the MMO-centric Massively’s former Editor-in-chief N. Brianna “Bree” Royce announced a Kickstarter Campaign following a tweet on the team’s new flagship Massively Overpowered. With the name change comes a new-found independence for Massively, noted on their Kickstarter page: “As our own masters, we can ensure that we have exactly the site we want, exactly the sponsors we want, and exactly the content we want.” Massively also promises on their Kickstarter page to maintain journalistic standards, financial transparency, and a commitment to excellence and fans. As of writing, Massively has raised over $15,000 dollars of their $50,000 goal.
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