BREAKING: IGN To Close FilePlanet (UPDATED)

Veteran file hosting site FilePlanet is being shuttered by parent site IGN, after a nearly 13 year run. Though it was quietly announced in April 2012 that Fileplanet would be archived, it remained unclear whether the site would continue to offer services. We reached out to IGN for comment, and today they have confirmed that the site will eventually be taken down.

“We have decided to archive FilePlanet and will eventually stop operating the site,” IGN publisher Peer Schneider told Game Front. “A lot of things have changed over the last decade. A standalone site for downloads of videos, demos, or patches made perfect sense back then, but content delivery is much more integrated now. We believe that the idea of a single-purpose PC download site like FilePlanet is one that, unfortunately, has passed. We decided to deemphasize the site last year and double down on other opportunities. We’ll of course continue to run our beta program and game giveaways through IGN and GameSpy – and we’re thinking of ways to continue to help support the modding communities as well.”

One of the first big file hosting sites during the waning days of Web 1.0 (along with FileLeech, now Game Front), Fileplanet was launched on May 6, 1999 by Gamespy, primarily to serve the then-rampant Quake 2 community; IGN Purchased Gamespy in 2004 and managed the site through several redesigns. Near the end of April, 2012, a banner was added along the top of the Fileplanet homepage hinting at the decision to close it down: “Note: FilePlanet is no longer being updated and is in the process of being archived.”

Though this has got to be a serious inconvenience for those who have long stored their files on FilePlanet, we at Game Front are happy to confirm that we do and will continue to host hundreds of thousands of patches, demos and yes, mods. Registration is free.

Our thoughts naturally go out to the FilePlanet staff who might be losing their jobs in the wake of this decision. Knowing how tough the economic climate is, we sincerely wish them all the best of luck.

***Updated***

Game Front reached out to IGN for additional comment on the closing of FilePlanet, specifically regarding the eventual fate of files stored on the site, and of the employees assigned to run it. IGN states that mass layoffs are not going to ensue. “Everyone who worked at FilePlanet is now working on other projects,” they said, “or left the company earlier this year.” That’s great news, and honestly, is nice to know considering how rough it is out there. But what happens to the files when they stop operating the site? “While the site will no longer be updated,” IGN told us, “for now users can still use the site as a repository of file content. If/when we remove all site content completely, we’ll be sure to communicate that to users before it happens.”

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13 Comments on BREAKING: IGN To Close FilePlanet (UPDATED)

user

On May 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

So the cut down VE3D, which is barely alive, and now destroy file planet. Niiiice. Anything else?

Capios

On May 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Ah, good ol’ IGN. Attacking gamers and ruining good sites. Keep it up. You’ll be obsolete soon enough.

Friar

On May 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Not really breaking news if you have visited FP in the last 3+ months, it hasnt been updated at all. More surprised it took this long to announce. Unfortunate though. It was one of my go to gaming sites. Well guess more visits to GF now! =)

Also, glad to hear there shouldn’t be mass layoffs. I do feel bad for anyone slipping through the cracks though, if not right now, shortly down the road, I’m not naive enough to think everyone came out unscathed.

kukouri

On May 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

Long time coing. R.I.P old friend

SXO

On May 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

Ah yes, good ol’ FilePlanet. I have to agree on the site being rather irrelevant these days, I can’t even remember the last time I’ve used it. Though I still remember it used to be THE place to get the latest game patches, demos, trailers and mods.

jon420

On May 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

hahaha content is MUCH more integrated now, Thanks Thepiratebay, Filestube

sefsdesde

On May 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

“Game Front reached out to IGN for additional comment on the closing of FilePlanet, specifically regarding the eventual fate of files stored on the site, and of the employees assigned to run it. IGN states that mass layoffs are not going to ensue. ”

I lol’ed.
Gamefront should be worried about their own files. I don’t use this site at all anymore, files are always deleted after few weeks.

runegamegoddess

On May 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Fileplanet has performed quite well these past 13 years . There is a still a place for a “standalone” , “single purpose ” site and to think otherwise is being very shortsighted.

joey

On May 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

“Integrated content delivery” yeah right,
when the company being accquired by another, or filling a bankruptcy, those “Content” will surely lost, legaly.

Missy

On June 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I really do hope that the people who physically worked at the FP office up in NoCal were reassigned. Both Ferret and Jag were really great people and they worked very hard on keeping FP alive. Freelancers, however, were not reassigned. I suppose that might go without saying though…

sep332

On May 3, 2013 at 6:33 am

Someone needs a dictionary… “archive” does not mean “delete”.

NEIL SEQUEIRA

On October 6, 2013 at 12:04 am

fan based sites have linked the certain files to fileplanet. CONTRA HQ has all its link on fileplanet. Even game videos and music, what are we going to do? to get those files? I am a die hard fan of contra