Kotaku Compete closes over budget cuts

Kotaku Compete closes over budget cuts

Kotaku and Deadspin's joint esports website Compete is shutting down.

Budget cuts at parent company Univision were blamed for the closure, according to Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totillo.

Of the site's three staff, two have accepted buyouts and are leaving the company. The third, Maddy Myers, will remain at Kotaku as an editor.

Compete’s closure was announced in a final post by departing editor Dennis Young.

"It was a joy to bring this weird little corner of the sports and gaming worlds to our readers," said Young.

"We'd particularly like to thank our peers in the esports media and 11 Deadspin commenters, who both equally appreciated our decision to cover esports like sports. Esports is a rich topic worthy of skeptical, thorough, and fun journalism, and we're grateful that a vertical premised on that was able to attract a large and growing readership.

“This also would not have been possible without enthusiastic writing and editing contributions from Kotaku and Deadspin staffers, and a dedicated and patient crew of freelance writers."


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