Future publishing have decided to call it a day and close long standing Gaming website CVG. This will be the end of an era along with the Golden Joysticks awards which were hosted by the 33 year old website.
The first Golden Joystick Awards were published in 1983, along with pictures from the ceremony in Berkeley Square. Radio 1, DJ Dave Lee Travis presented the award for best game of the year to Jetpac.
The 2006 Golden Joystick awards attracted over 540,000 votes and were webcast for the very first time. The Golden Joystick Awards entered their 25th Silver Anniversary year in 2007 and attracted over 750,000 votes from gamers around the world, with Microsoft's Gears of War winning four Joysticks including Ultimate Game of the Year.
CVG was on borrowed time for the past 6 months, as the publishers behind the 'Computer and videogames' website had already wanted to close the website back in May, however it was given a reprieve and the sites lifespan was prolonged for a further six months.
Back in May numerous staff were made redundant as 'Future' begin the new Digital age merger of all its companies into one more streamlined business. Gamesradar, Total Film and SFX will all be merged into one new website, there was no room for CVG in this new venture.
If and when Future does finally pull the plug on CVG, which is currently the longest-running video games media brand in history, it will not only be a sad day, but it will certainly be the end of an era.