Today, the parent company of PC Invasion (Enthusiast Gaming) has announced its acquisition of online publication, The Escapist. The magazine will return to its roots, so to speak, having the former editor-in-chief, Russ Pitts, back at the helm.
Escapist Magazine holds a special place in my heart as the place where I started my career in games. Enthusiast truly gets what makes game communities special and is fully invested in getting this right. The opportunity to join with Enthusiast to help bring Escapist back to its original cultural relevance is a huge opportunity not only for me and my team, but for the many fans of Escapist who have been so supportive of the brand for over 13 years” said Russ Pitts, Incoming Editor-in-Chief, Escapist.
Pitts has expressed what exactly the reinstatement entailed in a personal blog posted on Medium. He writes, “We’re leaving politics at the door.”
The founder and CEO of Enthusiast Gaming, Menashe Kestenbaum, also released a statement regarding the new addition to the growing network of sites.
“The acquisition of Escapist is instrumental as we continue to grow our network of gamers. Escapist represents long form and intellectual content generation and will be another flagship platform in our network,” said Kestenbaum.
The Escapist was founded in 2005, providing coverage to video games, movies, comics, and TV. Pitts had previously left the company, moving to Vox in order to launch Polygon. In 2017, Enthusiast Gaming also added Destructoid to its growing network portfolio.