The Escapist

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The Escapist
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The v1 archive of The Escapist
The v1 archive of The Escapist
Status Online!
Archiving status v1: Saved! through ArchiveBot in early 2019 (job:676afze145m65q4qf379dej75)
v2: Not saved yet
Archiving type Unknown
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The Escapist, now known as Escapist Magazine, is an online magazine dedicated to video games and the wider industry. In 2015 and 2016, its then-parent Defy Media conducted a set of layoffs, many of which included contributors to the site, leaving the remaining staff out of Seattle to essentially do it for free.

In mid-2018, they were bought by Destructoid owner Enthusiast Gaming, and a relaunch of the site happened several months later known as v2. The v1 version of the site remains accessible through and the "Archive" button on v2.


Archival of the site has been proposed for some time ever since it was reported that the site had staffing troubles when under Defy, though luckily it survived for long enough to find a new owner who just so happened to leave the old version available instead of burning it because "newer is better" or what-have-you.

An ArchiveBot job was run on version 1 of the site in late 2018 and early 2019, because having an extra copy never hurts.