The Gamurs group acquires the Enthusiast Gaming sites

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Original story, September 27: Gamurs Group has allegedly acquired a selection of gaming websites from Enthusiast Gaming, according to a report by Jacob Wolf, a reporter who previously served as chief reporter for Gamur’s Dot Esports site.

Wolf quoted sources familiar with the deal as saying Upcomer, Destructoid and The Escapist would be sold, along with other unspecified “editorial assets”.

Inquiries with Gamurs Group and Enthusiast Gaming have not been returned at the time of this writing.

Beyond the sites named above, Enthusiast also owns a variety of gaming outlets, including Siliconera, Addicting Games, The Sims Resource, and PC Invasion, as well as the Steel Media group which includes PocketGamer.biz, PC Games Insider and a number of related sites. networking events.

Gamurs Group is known for its Dot Esports and Gamepur editorial sites, and over the past two years has actively expanded its brand base in games and beyond, adding Prima Games, Twinfinite, The Mary Sue and We Got. This Covered to its ranks.

Earlier this year, Enthusiast ran into trouble when activist shareholder Greywood called for a management change at the company, accusing then-CEO Adrian Montgomery of the company’s slurred potential, reputation damaged and “significant problems” with its culture.

In July, Enthusiast and Greywood reached a compromise.

Montgomery agreed to step down as CEO to become chairman of the board once a successor was found, while Greywood was allowed to add two nominees of his choosing to the board.

Update, September 30: Gamurs Group confirmed the acquisition of Upcomer, Destructoid and The Escapist in a blog post, as well as game stores Siliconera and PC Invasion, and sports site Operation Sports.

“As a long-time avid reader of these publications, I have been following their progress for some time,” said Riad Chikhani, Founder and CEO of Gamurs. “This acquisition is not only of strategic importance to the business, but given my affinity for brands, it gives me great satisfaction to bring such well-respected news sites into the GAMURS Group portfolio. .”

Additional report by Danielle Partis.

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