Manchester-based gaming and esports media publisher GGRecon has added Yu-Gi-Oh community websites to its publishing network.
The publisher has acquired two of the largest sites in the Yu-Gi-Oh! and trading card game space – Yugipedia and YGOrganization – which are designed for players of both the physical card game and its digital counterparts.
Each site will continue to run independently, while being able to access additional resources provided by GGRecon’s network.
Yugipedia, a community-built wiki, marks the GGRecon network’s first foray into hosting a wiki community, with more to come in the coming months. The deal was facilitated through WeBrokr.
GGRecon said the acquisition of both YGOrganization and Yugipedia will bolster the GGRecon network with an additional 15m monthly views.
“The ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ brands that Dan [Parker] and his team have created are a testament to their love and dedication to the game in all of its forms,” said Chris Young, Managing Director of GGRecon.
“These incredible brands collectively attract over a million loyal readers each month, a remarkable achievement maintained consistently for more than a decade. The ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ community has experienced exponential growth over the past 25 years, solidifying its status with a loyal fanbase.”
“These past three months I’ve spent getting to know Jake and Chris have been some of the busiest, but most exciting times for my sites and me. A move like this is one I’ve considered for a long time but felt like the right fit just wasn’t out there to handle the needs of such a project,” added Dan Parker, founder of YGOrganization and Yugipedia.
“GGRecon has demonstrated they are up to the task while still accommodating all of the needs for the success and future of my projects. I am convinced we are in good hands and look forward to the incredible growth opportunities afforded to us by this merger.”
“I expect the next year to be better than the entire first 10! My team has been extraordinary so far and their continued support means the world to me. I am glad to have not let them down thus far and this merger feels like the next step in doing the best I can for them.”
“Logan at WeBrokr has worked tirelessly for weeks, putting us in touch with the right people and facilitating meetings to get the deal done. He has been patient, accommodating, dedicated, and most of all, successful.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Dan and the team at YGOrganization and Yugipedia to GGRecon,” commented Jake Bannister, Operations Director. “He’s created a great set of sites and has a fantastic skill set that will slot in perfectly with our team. We’re looking to strive forward within the Yu-Gi-Oh! niche, and continue to look for additional acquisition opportunities in the future. I’m excited for what the future holds with Dan and co.”
GGRecon was first founded in early 2020 after Betfred founder and British billionaire Fred Done invested in the Manchester-based esports publication.
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.