AOL is planning to close its decade-old video game publication, Joystiq, in the coming weeks as part of a plan to jettison "underperforming content properties," Recode reports, citing multiple sources familiar with the plans.
A post on Joystiq itself this morning confronts the report, saying that "we may as well handle this the same way we've been covering the video game industry for ten years."
"Sources tell Joystiq that the staff is aware of the closure, but corporate hasn't officially told them, so they are unable to acknowledge anything out of concern that it will cause immediate shutdown," the post reads. "We've reached out for more information. We will update, as we always have, when we know more."
Joystiq was founded in 2004 as part of the the Weblogs network, which AOL acquired in 2005 along with sister sites like the tech-focused Engadget. Several former Joystiq staffers are also founding members of Polygon.