Facebook Buys The Escapist for $90 Million - Update

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Facebook Buys The Escapist for $90 Million - Update

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Fresh off its acquisition of Oculus Rift, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has expanded his portfolio to include the "Rolling Stone" of game journalism.

Update: After years producing videos for The Escapist, LoadingReadyRun's Graham Stark had something to offer on the acquisition based on his own experience, saying, "When we sold LoadingReadyRun to the Yummies Snack Food Corp all those years ago, I was concerned that we'd have to compromise our creative freedom by talking about how moist and delicious Yummies Snack Cakes are, instead of making comedy. But the makers of those healthy, full-of-fibre 'anytime snacks' knew well enough to let us do our jobs. As long as Facebook can show the same cream-filled compassion with The Escapist, I'm sure both sites will last longer than Yummies' famous 'Cinnamon Chew' cakes, the shelf-life of which is still yet-to-be-determined!"

Lisa Foiles also had something to say. One of her top five comments on the purchase was: "Everyone should prepare for a new layout change and tons of 'Which Escapist Content Creator Are You?' quizzes in their news feed. I get that Miracle of Sound guy every time. Which is weird because I'm not even Australian."

Original Story: We at The Escapist are pleased to announce that we are now in the same corporate family as WhatsApp, InstaGram, the Oculus Rift and, everyone's favorite social network, Facebook. The purchase may come as a surprise to armchair financial analysts, but it's clear now that Facebook is set on path to expand its portfolio beyond pictures, videos and VR to actual game journalism. The exact details of the purchase are undisclosed, but we can report it included $50 million in cash and 665k shares of Facebook stock worth around $40 million. There are also significant cash bonuses in store for key Escapists such as Yahtzee Croshaw, Bob Chipman and Graham Stark once unspecified goals are met. Right now, there are no plans to change The Escapist's focus on video games and geek culture but there may be some visual differences in store.

"There's only one video game website I check regularly," said Facebook founder Zuckerberg. "I really respect what Yahtzee Croshaw has accomplished, and I'm excited to see The Escapist grow once we get Facebook's user experience designers working on it," he added, unveiling a few screenshots and a working prototype of what he expects The Escapist will look like under its new ownership.

"The Escapist is humbled by the confidence the large purchase price shows, and we promise to continue to deliver the video series and articles that earned us all those Webby Awards and accolades from Mashable," said Alexander Macris, founder and publisher of The Escapist. Mr. Macris is expected to remain with The Escapist during the transition period, although he will be commuting to and from his new residence in Ibeza, Spain, starting in May.

The staff and many of the video contributors to The Escapist learned about the acquisition yesterday in a company meeting held over Facebook. There was stunned silence from the gathered editors and contributors when Macris announced the purchase but they soon erupted into a joyful cheer.

"I have always believed in the work Disney does, and am delighted to be brought into the Disney brand family," said Jim Sterling, reviews editor and Jimquisition host. Mr. Sterling will be transitioning from the company in May.

"Great day!" said Bob "MovieBob" Chipman. "I feel like a Winklevoss, except not good-looking, or rich, or two people. We are all Winklevii now!" Facebook has confirmed that Mr. Chipman will be transitioning from the company in May.

Editor in Chief Greg Tito expressed concern over the transition. "There may be some readers who won't like the new look of the Escapist under its Facebook ownership". He offered them some practical advice. "I grew up in New England and the weather changes regularly enough for there to be an old adage which, I think, applies in this situation," Tito said. "If you are unhappy with Facebook's new Escapist design, just wait five minutes." Facebook has confirmed that Mr. Tito will also be transitioning from the company in May.

Apart from publisher Alexander Macris, editor in chief Greg Tito, managing editor Josh Vanderwall, reviews editor Jim Sterling, senior editor Jon Bolding, senior editor Dan O'Hallaran, senior editor Ross Lincoln, senior editor John Keefer, senior video editor Andrea Rene, senior video editor Justin Clouse, video editor Paul Goodman, video editor Max Song, tech editor Devin Connors, contributing editor C.J. Miozzi, and community manager Schuyler Dievendorf, the entire Escapist team is expected to remain with the company.

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That's funny.
I'm laughing.
I really am.

"Facebook Buys The Escapist for $90 Million"

Hah, you'd wish! Maybe if the title were "Facebook Buys The Escapist for a Starbucks gift card and a Magic: The Gathering booster pack", then it would be plausible... :p

Lies. :I
To be honest, I wouldn't care much if they did. Is that wrong of me to say?

Why not layout changes for the day? If you are going to do it, do it with style!

Hey atleast the adds will improve... right?

Karadalis:
Hey atleast the adds will improve... right?

Honestly? The ads probably would be better with Facebook.

You fucking what (checks the date) oh haha escapist, very funny.

Jandau:
"Facebook Buys The Escapist for $90 Million"

Hah, you'd wish! Maybe if the title were "Facebook Buys The Escapist for a Starbucks gift card and a Magic: The Gathering booster pack", then it would be plausible... :p

Now that made me laugh!

Jandau:
"Facebook Buys The Escapist for $90 Million"

Hah, you'd wish! Maybe if the title were "Facebook Buys The Escapist for a Starbucks gift card and a Magic: The Gathering booster pack", then it would be plausible... :p

Ouch, right in the nuts!
That Facebook skin is pure genious, but you should've gone for the facebook-blue instead of the escapist blue for the top bar.

Cmon, you can do better than this. I guess at least it was topical.

Heh, I almost wish this were true just to observe the giant elephant droppings hitting the fan.

The sights it would show us...

Haha, I love you guys. You're the best.

Beautiful :)

I was actually fooled for a second there...

See, this is the kind of April Fool business venture that I can agree with.

Pretty harmless in comparison to many others that you see today.

Oh man, think of all the horrible changes that will happen now that Facebook is in charge. Ads plastered all over the place with auto-playing videos. Click-bait articles and I bet they'll even put a few sponsored stories in the news column.

Facebook buying the Escapist is truly an atrocity.

Kind of defeats the purpose of posting an April Fools story after reporting on a handful of other April Fools stories..

What I minute, what the Hell is Facebook-(Notices date)...oh yeah right. Heh, that's actually pretty funny.

I know this has to be an April fool's joke, Facebook isn't sensible enough to buy something good. I assume you're going to use the money to buy 1 share of King's inflated (and rapidly deflating) stock...

That was believable for about 2 seconds...

In other news SEGA is making Dreamcast 2, Nintendo are dropping WiiU support and going multiplatform following this they canceled Smash Brothers for all platforms except for Xbox One, Half Life 3 has been confirmed for Dreamcast 2 and EA is bringing back the 3DO with HD-DVD formatted games, ATI begins making more frequent and better drivers for their cards, Blizzard finally buffs Terran and nerfs Protoss.

I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR GRACIOUS NEW OVER...

"No Grandpa, I don't want to play Crazy Casino Frenzy"

Where was I? Oh yeah...I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR N

"No Mom, I don't want to play Candy Crush"

Damn it, I lost my train of thought...oh yeah, I FOR O

"I'm not going to like your fucking baby pic!! Your baby is ugly! There, we all wanted to say it!!!"

I FO

"For crying out loud the next person I see who says 'What a terrible day, nobody better talk to me!!!' on a website designed to allow people to easily talk to you is getting a punch to the God damn throat!"

I

DAMN IT! NO! I Don't want to play Mafia Wars!!!

I'll be honest, you got me at first. But the bit about cash bonuses gave it away. I just can't see facebook doing that. Then I noticed the Rolling Stone bit and the $90 million sale price.

Wow, that was lazy!

Ah.... Aha.... AHAHA..... AAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Eh kinda dull if your going to be this lazy why bother...I mean seriously you could have gone with
Darren Aronofsky to direct new episodes of jimquisition in preparation for the epic biopic "Thank god for me"

DA: I believe in the work Jim does, he's a talented guy and I really wanted to capture the moment where Jim waggles his dragon tongue dildo on camera for everyone in the world to see.

...

also this needs to happen. for real.

Obvious joke is obvious, but a fun start to April Fools.

If Facebook bought the Escapist, I am damn sure I would have seen my screen burst into flames by now...

lol love you guys happy April fools

Phrozenflame500:
Oh man, think of all the horrible changes that will happen now that Facebook is in charge. Ads plastered all over the place with auto-playing videos. Click-bait articles and I bet they'll even put a few sponsored stories in the news column.

Facebook buying the Escapist is truly an atrocity.

I know, right? They'll probably have lots of articles about Candy Crush, and be very dubious in what content they moderate.

You lost me at the "Rolling Stone" of game journalism. :/

Phrozenflame500:
Oh man, think of all the horrible changes that will happen now that Facebook is in charge. Ads plastered all over the place with auto-playing videos. Click-bait articles and I bet they'll even put a few sponsored stories in the news column.

Facebook buying the Escapist is truly an atrocity.

Well, when you put it like that...

BTW guys.. whom should i send my deathtreats to? Do you have a certain person whos job it is to read through them?

wow, that was bad. It it was true though we would experience advertisement armageddon

james.sponge:
It it was true though we would experience advertisement armageddon

Worse than it already is? Such a thing is not possible, surely.

The Escapist Staff:
Facebook Buys The Escapist for $90 Million

but it's clear now that Facebook is set on path to expand its portfolio beyond pictures, videos and VR to actual game journalism.

The real giveaway that it was a hoax :P

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