IGN.com is a multimedia news website. Founded in September of 1996, it began as a small group of console-specific gaming sites: N64.com, SaturnWorld and PSX Power. Over the years, and through many mergers and buyouts, it has arisen as a largescale multimedia news site, consisting of specific channels for each of the major videogame consoles, PCs, movies, and more.
IGN's main website comprises several specialty sites, each occupying a subdomain on IGN. These sites, commonly known as "channels," cover three generations of video gaming: PC Games, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, Wii, Nintendo DS, Game Boy, Wireless, N-Gage, PlayStation, N64, Dreamcast, and Cheats & Codes. IGN.com channels also include Movies, DVD, Music, Comics, Gear, Sports, Cars, Anime, Babes, and Sci-fi Brain, among various other services.
Each channel consists of various subsections, such as Game/Movie Profiles, Product Lists, Previews, Reviews, Features, News, Mailbag, Editor's Choice, Release Dates, Guides, Cheats and FAQs
As of June 2005, IGN claimed 23 million unique visitors a month, with 5 million registered users through all departments of the site. IGN is ranked among the top 300 most visited websites according to Alexa, and the IGN forums have been considered to be among the most popular Internet forums. The <a href="GCB">GCB</a> is one of the thousand individual forums within IGN. Traffic is seasonal, however, peaking in May during E3 and during the busy October-November Fall release window, so any single traffic number is typically an annualized average. Its yearly traffic is slightly higher than its closest competitor in the videogame space: GameSpot.
IGN was originally owned by Imagine Entertainment, and thus was an acronym for Imagine Games Network. However, when Imagine lost control of IGN to Snowball (actually a broadening of IGN's own independent organization), this acronym lost meaning. The last known official acronym for IGN was Internet Generation Network, though it is now claimed that IGN stands for nothing. In 2005, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation acquired Snowball (now IGN Entertainment).