In an unfortunate and shocking revelation earlier today, Kotaku UK and Gizmodo UK have both announced that their current teams have been laid off, as the licensing agreement between the UK-based Future Publishing group and original IP owner G/O Media has been discontinued.

The current teams will stop operating effectively this Wednesday on 9 September 2020 after years of covering video game, tech and pop culture content (nine years for Gizmodo UK and six years for Kotaku UK).

The editors of both websites, Kotaku UK’s Rich Stanton and Gizmodo UK’s Tom Pritchard, officially announced the news on their respective websites with a blog post (Kotaku UK and Gizmodo UK).

However, this doesn’t mean that Kotaku UK and Gizmodo UK are both shutting down, as the rights have simply reverted back to G/O Media. This means that the US-based Kotaku and Gizmodo will continue to operate and produce content.

All the best for the future endeavours for everyone who previously worked at both Kotaku UK and Gizmodo UK.

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