It has been revealed that Prima Games, the largest video game strategy guide publisher in the US, will be closing down after 28 years.
The announcement comes from Prima Games’ parent company DK, which has shared its “extremely difficult decision” to no longer commission guides and its intention of discontinuing all Prima Games operations by spring 2019. The decision has been made thanks to a “significant decline” in the physical video game guide sector.
As it stands, Prima Games will no longer be working on any new material, with staff now working on the completion of all projects that have already been commissioned. DK says that it is “now in conversation with all colleagues in Roseville, Indianapolis and New York who have been impacted by this announcement”, with the Roseville office set to close as early as mid-November.
Of course, we’ve seen a lot of physical video game publications having to close down over the last few years – including this month’s closures of both GamesTM and GamesMaster magazines – with online publications now taking centre stage. With guide and walkthrough content now available at the click of a button for users – and for free, no less – it’s sadly not too hard to see how Prima Games will have struggled to keep up in recent times.
Do you own any Prima Games guides? Will you be sad to see the company go? We’d like to wish everyone involved at the company the very best going forward.