GameSpot is a computer and video gaming website that was launched in May 1996 by Pete Deemer, Vince Broady, and Jon Epstein.
GameSpot presents video game and PC software and hardware reviews, previews, downloads, news, and other information. After starting out on its own, GameSpot was purchased by ZDNet. Later, ZDNet was purchased by CNET Networks, which currently owns GameSpot.
At launch, the site focused exclusively on PC games. Its sister site, Videogamespot.com, was launched in December 1996 to cover console systems. In 1997, Videogamespot.com became Videogames.com for a short period, and by 1998, the PC and console sections were united under the GameSpot banner.
On October 3, 2005, GameSpot adopted a new design similar to that of TV.com, now considered a sister site to GameSpot.
GameSpot UK (United Kingdom) was started in October 1997 by Ian Howie, Asher Rospigliosi and Suzie Daniels (nee Rundle). In 1999, the site's team was expanded to include Laura Jenner, Russ Willis, John Houlihan, and Justin Calvert. The site operated until mid-2002, offering Europe-oriented content which often differed from that of the US site. During this period, GameSpot UK won the 1999 PPAi (Periodical Publishers Association interactive) award for best website, and was short listed in 2001. Following the purchase of ZDNet by CNET, GameSpot UK was merged with the main US site. On April 24, 2006, GameSpot UK was relaunched, and is edited by Phil Elliott, with Guy Cocker as Staff Writer and Emma Boyes as news editor. Of the former staff, Laura Jenner became site manager, Russell Willis became art editor, and Justin Calvert contributes to the UK operation.
Recently, GameSpot AU (Australia) has launched, with a specialized forum, local pricings in AUD, Australian release dates, and more local news.