GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on certain video games. The site was launched on May 1, 1996, created by Pete Deemer, Vince Broady and Jon Epstein. It was purchased by ZDNet, a brand which was later purchased by CNET Networks. CBS Interactive, which purchased CNET Networks in 2008, is the current owner of GameSpot.
In addition to the information produced by GameSpot staff, the site also allows users to write their own reviews, blogs, and post on the site’s forums.
In 2004, GameSpot won “Best Gaming Website” as chosen by the viewers in Spike TV’s second Video Game Award Show, and has won Webby Awards several times. Other gaming websites (such as IGN, 1UP.com, GamesRadar, and GameSpy) have been its biggest rivals. The domain gamespot.com attracted at least 60 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a Compete.com study.
GameSpot’s main page has links to the latest news, reviews, previews, and portals for Nintendo (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Xbox (Xbox 360 and Xbox One), PlayStation (PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4), and PC games. It also includes a search engine for users to track down games of interest. In September 2009, GameSpot started reviewing and cataloging iPhone, Android, and other mobile games. GameSpot has also covered the following platforms in past years: Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and N-Gage, among others.