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Gaming Archive #4 – JumpToGamer
Marking number 4 in our archival series where we look into video games and websites that no longer exist the GamesLikeFinder.com team opted to pick a less known website that some of us followed known as JumpToGamer.com which appears to have slowly disappeared without a trace, a fate not unknown to a number of game review websites as they struggle to earn traffic and monetise themselves amongst larger established networks of websites.
Something we ourselves have experienced with the growing prevalence of adblocker which has a high usage amongst the technology focused gaming community. While we’ve managed to manoeuvre our way through these difficult times to ensure we are at least covering our costs in most months not all websites during the height of adblock growth in 2016 and 2017 and today we thought we would dedicate a page to at least one website we are aware of, being JumpToGamer.com
What Was JumpToGamer?
Casting the net of content wide JumpToGamer was a catch all sort of website that tackled game reviews, featured articles, tips and the occasional hardware review. With the site being in its peak as Games Finder was also an upcoming website we enjoyed reading the writers perspective which we sometimes shared and sometimes differed from our own. We didn’t consider the website a direct competitor as we are focused on finding similar games rather than editorial pieces like JumpToGamer but did enjoy the comparison of what a similar related gaming website was delivering to their audience and we always regret not contacting the site directly for some sort of collaboration.
With a similar sized website to our own it was a great benchmark for ourselves on the type of content they were producing, the success and failures they were experiencing and the activity of their social following which is something that we’ve always struggled to grow outside a core audience that floats around 5,000 Facebook followers and 1,200 Twitter followers.
The reason we loved the content that JumpToGamer was offering though was because of their vast indie spotlight which is also a passion shared amongst the Games Finder team of writers and myself in particular. While many of the games they provided early access coverage to did not eventuate we discovered a number of great upcoming titles that we might have missed otherwise such as 7 Days to Die in its Alpha stage.
Unfortunately like the early access titles JumpToGamer loved to cover the website seemed to fizzle out eventually around late 2017 with the website going offline and even potentially victim to a website hack with strange content being displayed to visitors. The authors and content though appear to potentially live on through GamingRespawn.com or potentially some sort of acquisition of JumpToGamer.com based on the promotion between the sites social media channels around this time (please note this is an unconfirmed but hopeful assumption).
Regardless of the eventual fate of the JumpToGamer.com domain name it will live on here through GamesFinder’s gaming archive series alongside the wonderful work of the Internet Archive – Wayback Machine that has preserved the majority of original content and available for viewing for a likely indefinite time period.
If you remember JumpToGamer or have a connection to the website please leave a comment below regarding the life and death of this video game review and indie spotlight focused website.