17 Facts About IGN


IGN is an American video game and entertainment media website operated by IGN Entertainment Inc, a subsidiary of Ziff Davis, Inc The company's headquarters is located in San Francisco's SoMa district and is headed by its former editor-in-chief, Peer Schneider.

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Originally a network of desktop websites, IGN is distributed on mobile platforms, console programs on the Xbox and PlayStation, FireTV, Roku, and via YouTube, Twitch, Hulu, and Snapchat.

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Originally, IGN was the flagship website of IGN Entertainment, a website which owned and operated several other websites oriented towards players' interests, games, and entertainment, such as Rotten Tomatoes, GameSpy, GameStats, VE3D, TeamXbox, Vault Network, FilePlanet, and AskMen, among others.

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IGN was sold to publishing company Ziff Davis in February 2013 and now operates as a J2 Global subsidiary.

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IGN has been ranked among the top 500 most-visited websites according to Alexa.

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In September 2005, IGN was acquired by Rupert Murdoch's multi-media business empire, News Corporation, for $650 million.

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IGN Entertainment acquired the online male lifestyle magazine AskMen in 2005.

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In 2004, IGN acquired film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and in 2010, sold the website to Flixster.

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In January 2020, IGN revealed that reviews would be reverted to a 10-point scale, from 1 to 10, finding that the finer distinction of the 100-point scale was difficult to maintain, whereas a 10-point scale would still be truthful to its reviews and would be easier to promote.

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IGN Wrestling met its end in early 2002 when many of the staff departed.

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In 2004, IGN launched GameStats, which was intended to be a more unbiased rating network, as it takes in scores from every corporate-owned game rating site and averages them all into one score to give a general idea of the quality of a game.

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In 2005, IGN launched its comics site, which is devoted to not just the staple Marvel and DC titles, but manga, graphic novels, statues and toys.

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Since 2006, IGN Entertainment began launching regional versions of the website for various countries and pan-regions.

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In 2011, IGN launched IGN Pro League, a professional e-sports circuit that ran tournaments for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, ShootMania Storm and League of Legends.

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IGN indicated that it was no longer in a position to commit to competing with the increased number of e-sports events that were now being held.

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Later that day, IGN stated that it had found "substantial similarities" between the reviews, apologized, and announced that it had dismissed Miucin.

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Shortly after the article went up IGN Israel made statements on social media condemning the article.

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