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European game publisher Gamigo AG, which recently merged with Aeria Games, has made another intriguing acquisition. This time it’s for gaming news site MMOGames.com, announced today as part of Gamigo’s “capital-friendly, platform-driven M&A strategy.”

According to Gamigo’s press release, Gamigo’s first goal is “optimizing the portal for partners and improving monetarisation.” The rest of the press release is just as corporate-y, but it seems like the overall long-term goal of the acquisition will be to provide additional marketing opportunities for Gamigo’s games.

All of that leads to the obvious question of conflicts of interest. If, say, Blizzard were to acquire MMOBomb, how much faith would you put in a favorable article about Hearthstone or Heroes of the Storm? Or an unfavorable one about one of Blizzard’s competitors? While it’s good that Gamigo isn’t hiding the news of the acquisition, there probably needs to be an announcement front-and-center on the MMOGames site, or at least something on its “About Us” page. Until it is — and maybe even after — it will always lead to questions of impartiality.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Pennlion on March 4, 2017

    Seeing how Aeria Games does almost no post launch promotion this could be a good thing in that regard. However a publisher owning a news site really ruins its credibility. Would you trust Car and Diver if it was owned General Motors?

  2. Pennlion on March 4, 2017

    Seeing the near total lack of post launch promotion from Aeria Games this could be a positive in that regard. However a publisher owning a news site ruins its credibility. Would you trust Car and Drver if it was owned by GM?

  3. Adrian on March 3, 2017

    I don’t read mmogames, i only used to check their giveaways from time to time, but if they are now owned by a publisher, they should definitely disclose that on the site for their users.

  4. Sho on March 2, 2017

    As long as news and media outlets don’t lie to their userbase and just try to get those big headlines I’m alright with who ever owns it.

  5. James Hirshfeld on March 2, 2017

    Does GameStop own Game Informer.

    • Sho on March 2, 2017

      Im pretty sure they do.

    • Sho on March 2, 2017

      I searched it up and yeah they own game informer.

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