Lengthy-running Official PlayStation Journal turns into Play Journal • Eurogamer.web

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And now no extra official magazines are left.

The long-running Official PlayStation Journal has turn out to be Play Journal – marking the top of official online game magazines.

OPM, which has been going for 25 years, was the final officially-licensed console journal within the UK after Official Nintendo Journal closed in October 2014, and Official Xbox Journal closed in March 2020.

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In a FAQ, Future Publishing stated:

“All good issues come to an finish, and together with Sony we felt that the Official PlayStation Journal had lastly earned a well-deserved retirement. Nonetheless, we nonetheless love PlayStation and magazines, and we all know you do too, so Play Journal got here to life.”

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Nonetheless, the identical editorial staff behind OPM is making Play, with earlier editor Ian Dean on the helm.

It is a greater consequence than that skilled after Future folded Official Xbox Journal, letting its workers go.

In a press release issued on the time, Bathtub-based Future stated the decline in online game retail had impacted the gross sales figures of its magazines.

Official PlayStation Journal started life in November 1995 to coincide with the launch of the PSone in Europe. The officially-licensed journal mannequin concerned the writer, on this case Future, paying the console producer, on this case to Sony, a licence payment as a way to slap the phrase “official” on the quilt of the magazine.

At its peak earlier than the emergence of the web, OPM was comfortably the best-selling online game journal on this planet, and by the top of the ’90s was shifting half one million copies a month – greater than the likes of FHM.

In line with Future, OPM had a circulation of 21,117.

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