Future closes two more UK gaming mags

Future has announced the closure of UK gaming titles Xbox World and PSM3.

Final issues of the titles will be published next month when the company is expected to redeploy staff across its other titles.

Future bought Xbox World shortly after its 2003 launch by Computec Media. It launched PSM3 in 2000 (then known as PSM2) and has published more than 160 print editions.

The company said it decided to scrap the print titles as it looked to instead focus on digital.

Head of entertainment Clair Porteous said: “This decision has been taken as Future continues to focus on its strategy on accelerating digital growth across its international digitally-focussed brand business.

"Future's gaming portfolio saw over 14m unique users for October 2012 - up over 20% on October 2011. We intend and fully expect there to be no redundancies and will be looking to redeploy all staff within the business.

"Future continues to publish the highly successful Official Magazines for Xbox and PlayStation."

The new comes a week after Future announced the closure of PlayStation: The Official Magazine in the US after 15 years.

In August it announced the closure of another US gaming title, Nintendo power.

In September it closed PC Plus and Nintendo Gamer.

Last year the company sold off a number of audio visual titles including Hi-Fi Choice, What Satellite & Digital TV and Home Cinema Choice.

In January of this year it sold off New York music division, which included Guitar World, Revolver and Guitar Aficionado magazines, for $3m.

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