Gamereactor
Game reactor cover red dead redemption.jpg
Gamereactor Magazine, May 2010 issue, featuring John Marston from Red Dead Redemption
EditorMagnus Groth-Andersen (Global Editor-in-chief)
CategoriesVideo games
FrequencyFormerly published 8 times a year in Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
PublisherGamez Publishing A/S
First issueMarch 1998; 24 years ago (March 1998)
Final issueNovember 2014; 7 years ago (November 2014) (print magazines)
CompanyGamereactor
CountryDenmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK/International, Portugal, France, The Netherlands, China
Based inKongens Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark
LanguageDanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, German, Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Traditional Chinese
WebsiteGamereactor.dk, Gamereactor.se, Gamereactor.no, Gamereactor.fi, Gamereactor.de, Gamereactor.it, Gamereactor.es, Gamereactor.eu, Gamereactor.pt, Gamereactor.nl, Gamereactor.fr, Gamereactor.cn
ISSN1653-3356

Gamereactor is a Scandinavian online media network covering video games in multiple languages and a former print magazines network.[1] In 2013, it was "one of the biggest games publications in Europe" according to Develop.[2]

History

The Gamereactor website was started by Egmont Digital in 1998. Also in 1998, brothers Morten Reichel and Claus Reichel launched online and print magazine Gamez.dk in Denmark, which took over the online sites Gamereactor Denmark, Sweden and Norway (.dk/.se/.no) from Egmont in January 2002.[3]

In 2001, they released Gamereactor Magazine in Norway and soon after in Sweden. Since late 2007 Gamereactor has also been available in Finland, and it also launched in Germany (Online only) in 2009. In 2010 they launched in Italy (Online only), and a Portuguese version came online in 2013. Gamereactor later opened outlets in France in November 2016, The Netherlands in January 2017, and China in January 2018.

On 1 September 2008, Gamereactor International was launched, an English edition of the website and the magazine (PDF).[4] It features news, previews and reviews, with a special interest in the Nordic gaming industry, as well as video content from GRTV. The print magazine launched in the UK in 2013, and in 2017 Gamereactor launched a cross-network English language esports sub-site covering competitive gaming.

In November 2014, the print magazines were discontinued.[5] It was free and distributed via game stores and electronics retailers in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany and the UK. The magazine had eight issues every year (not in January or July), and was published in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, English and Finnish.

The magazine has apps for iPhone and Android, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles and Samsung's Smart TV Hub platform.

In 2004, Gamereactor Art Director Petter Hegevall was nominated by Sveriges Tidskrifter Swedish Design Awards. In 2013, Gamereactor Magazine (UK) was nominated in the best Print Magazine category at the Games Media Awards, and in 2015 the team were nominated in the Best Editorial Team (Print) category.[6]

Controversy

In June 2013, the magazine cover contained a The Last of Us artwork that was modified to remove the character Ellie.[7][8] The editor posted a blog explaining it was a "pure design issue" and that they have previously modified artwork for covers.[9]

Editors

References

  1. ^ Tankovska, H. (30 November 2020). "Denmark: monthly visits of gamereactor.dk 2020". Statista. Gamereactor is one of the most famous online magazines in Scandinavia covering video games.
  2. ^ "Read all about it: international games media brands set sights on UK". MCV/DEVELOP. 7 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Gamereactor får ny ejer og fortsætter". MediaWatch (in Danish). 16 January 2002.
  4. ^ "Gamereactor International". GamesIndustry.biz. 3 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Gamereactor Denmark Profile - Metacritic". www.metacritic.com.
  6. ^ "Blockbuster stocking free games mag Gamereactor". MCV/DEVELOP. 10 September 2013.
  7. ^ "What Happens When You Scrub A Female Co-Star From A Magazine Cover". Kotaku. 20 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Game magazine scrubs Ellie from The Last of Us artwork". Destructoid. 29 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Ja, jag plockade bort Ellie - Petters blogg - Gamereactor". www.gamereactor.se (in Swedish). 19 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Staff - Gamereactor UK". www.gamereactor.eu.