The Ziff Davis Game Group, which produces consumer game site 1UP and Electronic Gaming Monthly and Official PlayStation Magazine in North America, has announced that it is shutting down its US print magazine Computer Gaming World and replacing it with an officially Microsoft-branded 'Games For Windows' magazine and website.
As part of the agreement, Ziff Davis will serve as the independent editorial voice for Microsoft’s Games for Windows initiative, and will launch this new magazine called Games for Windows: the Official Magazine and a companion website on group's the 1UP Network. Microsoft will drive traffic to the magazine and network, as well as help promote the new magazine, which will launch in the fall.
Ziff Davis noted that the magazine will carry with it much of Computer Gaming World’s editorial style and tone. Because of this, the organization confirmed that it has decided to no longer publish Computer Gaming World. The new magazine and web initiative will carry on the editorial, production and art staff of Computer Gaming World.
“We share Microsoft’s passion for expanding the Windows gaming market,” said Scott McCarthy, President of Ziff Davis Game Group. “This alliance will enable us to reach a wider audience than ever before, both in print and online, and it affirms Microsoft’s commitment to gaming on the Windows platform. We’re looking forward to working with Microsoft.”