Strategy Gamer is moving house - come with us [Timings Update - 24 Hour Notice!]29 Sep 2020 3
Just popping back up to give you all your 24(ish) hours notice. We're on schedule to flip the switches tomorrow afternoon UK time, so by the end of the day tomorrow Strategy Gamer will have been folded into PCGamesN. Just a reminder on some of the key points, as well as new information that you may want to keep in mind:
- A collection of articles are going to appear on PCGamesN that were on Strategy Gamer, their old URLS will (once the switch is flipped) will redirect you to their new homes.
- The Strategy Gamer homepage will redirect to our new landing page within PCGamesN. I don't want to spoil the surprise, you'll see what it looks like tomorrow! We even have a nav bar image as well.
- The Strategy Gamer RSS feed is, for the time being, going to redirect to the main PCGamesN feed - which means you'll get all of their content. At the moment there won't be a dedicated 'strategy games' feed, but it's something I want to look in to.
- The main reviews page (not the yearly indices) will direct you to PCGN's main reviews page.
All other pages will cease to exist and return generic 401 errors. As mentioned below, the Twitter feed, Facebook group and Discord will still be running as normal. There will be a disruption to service as we settle into our new home, but once we start generating content again it'll go up on those channels as normal at least.
Just want to say thank you again to all the readers who supported us during our time as an independent website. I hope you'll follow me to our new home. See you on the other side!
Original Story: In case anyone was wondering, Strategy Gamer was launched on April 3rd, 2017. It wasn’t actually my idea, but my employers at the time were keen to see this project of theirs finally get moving and there was no use trying to delay. So, one Monday morning, there was a new website dedicated to strategy games. Three and a bit years later, we’re still here.
I had largely built my writing career on the coverage of this genre, since the ancient past of 2008 where my journey began. I knew the games, and I knew the people... but when it came to launching an entire website from scratch and trying to make it grow, I can’t stress enough the extent to which I didn’t actually know what I was doing.
And those early months were tough. Growth was slow and by the end of the year we’d barely accumulated the traffic numbers we are used to seeing every month now. Thankfully, when our websites were bought by Network N in early 2018 I was taught the things I was missing and progress went much faster and better than it did at the start. I am and will always be incredibly proud of what we (myself, my deputy Marcello, and all the freelancers who agreed to work with us) have managed to accomplish.
If this reads like a bit of a preamble, it’s because I’m trying to find a way to ease in what I have to say next: Strategy Gamer, as an independent website, will be shut down within the next few weeks.
That’s the headline, but this is not as bad as it sounds. Let me break down exactly what is happening so you know what to expect:
- A collection of key articles that we’ve done to date is being migrated over to PCGamesN - one of our sister websites.
- I will also be transferring over to that website to become section editor for strategy gaming content.
- The Strategy Gamer ‘brand’, such as it is, will live within PCGamesN and I will essentially continue what I’ve been doing over there. The social media accounts will stay alive also; Twitter, Discord etc.
- The Strategy Gamer website will be shut down, with most URLs and pages redirecting to various parts of PCGN.
Strategy Gamer was always a bit of a bonkers project and it’s done incredibly well to get to this point. It’s actually because of the success we’ve had that’s partly fuelled this decision; strategy gaming as a niche is becoming more mainstream. Quite often our content has to compete with much larger websites like PCGamer, Rock,Paper,Shotgun… hell, have you noticed how even Polygon is suddenly all over Crusader Kings 3?
It’s tough, but we manage to hold our own. ‘SEO’ might seem like a dirty word for some of you, but I can’t tell you how proud it makes me feel to see that one of our guides - which I genuinely believe represent a service to strategy gamers - hold top ranking spots across several search terms and areas of interest.
Ultimately, merging the site’s great content - both past and future - into one of the biggest and best PC gaming websites on the planet gives our content a better foundation and a better reach.
Even though I like to think we could have made it staying solo, there was a very real chance we’d have done no more than ‘survive’ and to be honest, that’s not an appealing prospect. I loved running and building a website dedicated to strategy games, but I’m not so egotistical that I also won’t enjoy this job as part of a larger, more stable team and website. There’s a bunch of strategy game lovers over there too, so actually you’ll end up with even more content about the games you love.
And that’s really the key message I want you to take away here: mourn Strategy Gamer the website if you’d like, but know that what we’ve done to date will live on. Our content and our ethos will simply be moving to a new home, and we’ll continue to fight the good fight over at PCGamesN. They’re a really good bunch as it happens.
There will be more info from me as we get closer to the switch-over date, but for now I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who’s read and supported us these past three years. I hope you’ll join us in our new home comes the time.