Nintendo Enthusiast parent company Enthusiast Gaming acquires The Escapist

Our parent company, Enthusiast Gaming, has acquired The Escapist, a popular video game magazine previously owned by Defy Media. Russ Pitts, former editor-in-chief of The Escapist, will be returning to the publication after departing to launch Polygon in 2011.

“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 Pitts.

The Escapist’s relaunch comes with a caveat. As Pitts notes in his Medium post on the acquisition, politics won’t be a factor going forward.

“We’re leaving politics at the door,” said Pitts. “Most of us have thoughts about politics. Just like most of you. And, because we’re creators, those thoughts might show up in our work. Avoiding that would be unnatural. That said, I can promise you no one here will share their politics in an attempt to convince you yours are wrong. And your worth will not be calculated based on whether you’re on the left or on the right. Politics are everywhere, but they don’t have to be everything. We’re going to focus on what’s fun, and we hope you’ll join us in that,” he added.

Menashe Kestenbaum, founder of Nintendo Enthusiast and CEO of Enthusiast Gaming, issued a statement on The Escapist joining the Enthusiast 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.

Aric Sweeny
Former Editor-in-Chief, now staff writer here at NE. I'm an English student in California. Let's talk Pokémon.