Strategy guide publisher Prima Games is shutting down

Video Game Strategy Guide Publisher Prima Games Is Shutting Down

Video Game Strategy Guide Publisher Prima Games Is Shutting Down

There are many potential reasons as to why Prima Games is having to shut down, but the rise of the internet and "live" games are both sure to have played a hand in its demise.

The publisher's print guides all feature in-depth content, detailed screen captures, quick-reference tips, and professional strategies. The label will no longer publish new guides starting now, and it will officially shutter in the first half of 2019. It was announced that the sales of these guides have fallen significantly.

Prima Games, the company we all know for making increasingly lavish strategy guides for almost every major video game release, is shutting its doors. According to PublishersLunch, "there are approximately 40 people from Prima on LinkedIn".

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The decision was announced by the Dorling Kindersley division of Penguin Random House, and all three of the Prima Games offices at Roseville, Indianapolis, and NY will close its doors, affecting all employees working there. Somehow, someway, Prima Games has stayed in business despite the growth of free, readily available online guides. DK says that it is "now in conversation with all colleagues in Roseville, Indianapolis and NY who have been impacted by this announcement", with the Roseville office set to close as early as mid-November. The issue is, games update regularly these days, meaning it is impossible to keep track of all the changes a game may see in a printed guide.

In 1990, Prima Games owner Ben Dominitz joined forces with writer Rusel DeMaria to create a video game strategy guide imprint initially titled "The Secrets of the Games".

Pour one out for Prima Games.

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