Japanese Gaming News Site Andriasang Closes Down

Anoop Gantayat, the founder of Japanese gaming-focused news site Andriasang, announced late last night that the website would be shut down.

In his closing statement, Gantayat said the following:

I’ve decided to take up a new non game-related opportunity that I reckon will keep me super ultra busy, so I will be ceasing daily updates.

I may do some database-driven stuff and technology tests (look closely, and you may see the site’s backend code base change from PHP to node.js!), but I won’t be doing articles or updates. The site’s archive and comments will remain in place, so you can still consult old content and share it with your children, and one day their children too.

Thanks for reading all these years, and a special thanks to everyone who registered and posted comments — even the punk asses I banned.

Gantayat, who started the web site in 2008, founded Andriasang as a bilingual coverage site that focused on quick reports on emerging news from the Japanese gaming industry. The site was prominent in its niche and frequently cited by other news sites.

Analysis: This is a very unfortunate blow to those who relied on Andriasang for news. Andriasang has long been one of the best Japanese gaming news sites out there, and although alternatives like The Magic Box, Siliconera, and Kotaku do exist, Andriasang was popular for the speed at which it reported news. Andriasang’s absence will be painful for some, especially because it was often better than its competitors. Web sites like The Magic Box are serviceable, but they’re a definite step down from Andriasang, at least in my opinion. Hopefully, however, this new influx of readers leaving the now-abandoned Andriasang encourages other web sites to kick their coverage up a notch.

Still, Gantayat is a human being, and you really can’t blame him for letting the site go. Sometimes you’ve got to let go of hobbies that you love in order to focus on the more important things in life. He worked on the site for four years, and during that time, he built up one of the best sites for gamers who love Japanese titles. Regardless of what he chooses to do now, he will always have that accomplishment under his belt.

Ultimately, this is just a sad reminder that many web sites do not last forever, even the ones we love and read every day. Appreciate the sites you read now because they may be the next to go.

Connor Horn

About Connor Horn

Connor is a laid-back long-haired California hipster who listens to music "you'll never find on the radio" and who voted for Ron Paul to "make a difference." His favorite kind of games are MOBAs and rogue-likes, and he is a huge fan of PC gaming and the future of digital distribution.