The popular gaming website and associated forum 9lives will go offline on January 31, 2021. Parent company Telenet has announced this. According to them, this decision was taken for “strategic and financial reasons”.
“This is the message we thought we should never type and publish,” write editor-in-chief Praga and editor-in-chief Randy on the 9lives website. The corona crisis and the necessary additional technical investments have led Telenet to decide to discontinue 9lives.
“Over the years, gaming has become a completely separate business with major international players. Advertising revenue from the 9lives website was declining annually. The website and server, on the other hand, constantly charge costs to stay up-to-date and safe, ”says Telenet.
“News that hits hard, not least with us, but undoubtedly also with you. However, we would like to thank you – the community and the crew – one by one from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for 9lives. The website and forum are only worth as much as the visitors, the community, the editors and mods that ensure that it is one of the nicest and nicest digital places to stay ”, can be read on the 9lives site.
Both the site and the forum started in 1998 as games.telenet.be. A rebranding followed in 2004 and users could choose a new name themselves. That eventually became 9lives. Since then, the website has been operating under that name. Between 2009 and 2011, there was a short collaboration with GUNKtv, Telenet’s digital gaming channel.
On January 31, 2021, the website, forum and social media of 9lives will go offline. What happens next is not yet entirely clear. The team behind 9lives is hoping for a new start under the name BeyondGaming.