There’s one power gaming websites are still vulnerable to: corporate direction and sponsorship. In a surprising letter published today, Yahoo! Esports — who covered not only fighting games, but also other big esports titles like League of Legends and Counter Strike: GO — announced its closure.
“Unfortunately, Yahoo Esports will no longer be updated after this Friday (June 16th),” writes Travis Gafford, Head of Esports Media at the site. “As Yahoo Sports becomes part of Oath, they are focusing on aligning with the new company strategy and are focused on growing the Yahoo Sports brand.”
An offshoot of many Yahoo! websites, the esport-dedicated site launched on March 2nd, 2016. SRK frequently linked back to their fighting game coverage, particularly Conversations and Fireballs segments, such as those with Fable|Kizzie Kay and CYG BST’s PR Balrog.
Verizon recently acquired Yahoo! for a $4.48 billion price tag. The company, alongside Huffington Post media sites, will be merged with AOL under a new company called Oath. According to Gafford, the “company strategy” leaves out the esports site in order to focus more on other assets.
Our team at Shoryuken would like to offer our gratitude to the staff at Yahoo! Esports, for their hard work in bringing more exposure to fighting games and esports at large. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.