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Senior Editor: 'Effectively shutting down'

Site launched in 1996 and covered tech and gaming industry news.

Longtime internet news site is "effectively shutting down," according to a tweet from the site's senior editor, Jordan Minor.

Geek was founded as the 'ugeek' newsletter in 1996 by Joel Evans and Rob Hughes. The newsletter eventually grew into a tech and gaming news website. In 2016 the site's coverage expanded to other media including movies, TV, anime and comics.

Ownership of Geek changed hands several times during its 24-year history. Industry publisher Ziff-Davis acquired the site in 2011, listing it under the umbrella of PC Mag Digital Group.

Geek's shuttering follows a recent trend of closures and major staff reductions at other alternative media sites including Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and Vice Media. In late 2019, the staff of sports media site Deadspin resigned en masse following disagreement with private equity owners G/O Media over content and coverage.

G/O Media also owns The Onion and its spinoffs including AV Club and had been cutting jobs since acquiring them. Cards Against Humanity purchased Onion spinoff Clickhole in February in an all-cash deal, turning majority ownership over to Clickhole's staff members.

It is as yet unclear as to what will happen to Geek's archive of stories. Some staff, Minor included, have already lined up jobs at other outlets.

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