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Dennis Publishing acquires bit-tech.net

Dennis Publishing acquires bit-tech.net

I am delighted to announce that bit-tech.net has taken another giant leap into the next chapter of its life. We have been acquired by Dennis Publishing.

I am delighted to announce that bit-tech.net has taken another giant leap into the next chapter of its life – the publication has been acquired by leading technology publisher Dennis Publishing Ltd.

bit-tech has been on an incredible journey for the last seven and a half years, and those of you who have been with us since the original days of 2001 will have seen the website go through many evolutions.

bit-tech.net initially came about as a place for the then underground modding community to show off their creations. Following feedback from the loyal readership, the site quickly spread its wings first into more regular hardware reviews and then into gaming content with that added bit-tech twist.

In 2005 we teamed up with Hugh Chappell, who at the time also owned TrustedReviews, to take a big step forwards. Hugh invested his time and money into bit-tech, which enabled us to move from running the site in our spare time to becoming a professional publication with offices and facilities to match.

Since then, we’ve seen several changes including myself taking oven the helm as Editor and waving goodbye to our close friends at TrustedReviews, after the publication was acquired by IPC Media almost a year ago to the day.

But despite these changes, the ingredient we believe we’ve kept consistent throughout bit-tech’s life is the passion and enthusiasm for technology and everything that surrounds it. We do this because we’re enthusiasts and we share the same passion for technology as you, our readers, do.

We have enjoyed massive growth in the last three years especially and that’s not only down to the blood, sweat and tears shed by everyone who has worked so incredibly hard for the site, but it’s also down to the support we’ve had from both the industry and our loyal readers. I’d not only like to thank all of my staff—and Hugh for believing in us—but on behalf of all of us at bit-tech, I’d also like to thank every one of you for making the site what it is today. That includes all of the times when you’ve chewed our ears when we got it wrong, the time you’ve spent providing valuable feedback whenever we’ve asked for it, and most importantly of all, reading the content we’ve created.

Over the course of this year, we quickly realised that in order to accelerate at the rate we believe we can, the business needed to take another step forwards – and this is where Dennis Publishing will come into play. For you, our readers, there will be very little initial change – I will remain at the helm as Editor of bit-tech and the entire team will continue producing the same great content you know and love.

I believe Dennis is an excellent match for bit-tech – the publisher already has a number of leading brands in the technology sector, including PC Pro, Custom PC and IT Pro. There is a great deal of synergy with what we already do and most importantly, I feel Dennis is the one publisher that truly understands the enthusiasts' market and will enable us to continue growing at the rate we have been.

The entire team will be hired as Dennis Publishing employees and will continue to work in the existing Ascot offices – you can read more of the details over on Dennis Publishing's website.

If you have any thoughts to share with us regarding this announcement, please do so in the forums!

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steveo_mcg 20th October 2008, 16:32 Quote
So we going to get discounts on custom pc now? Loyal lot that we are :D

Seriously though, congrats guys.
teamtd11 20th October 2008, 16:35 Quote
Big Gratz to everyone!

Time for some cheesecake?
Rocket733 20th October 2008, 16:35 Quote
Interesting, now I'm wondering what the long term implications are. Hopefully things don't change for the worse :/
The_Pope 20th October 2008, 16:36 Quote
Why would things change for the worse?
_DTM2000_ 20th October 2008, 16:38 Quote
Wow, I didn't see that one coming. I hope Bit-Tech will continue with the same spirit. I've been a regular visitor since the early days and find you're the only tech site that provides the blend of info I crave with the attention to details I expect.

I don't know anything about your new overlords but I guess their acquisitions of Bit-Tech proves they have good taste.

Long live Bit-Tech!
DougEdey 20th October 2008, 16:39 Quote
Congrats guys! I'll bring some cheesecake when I come up to annoy you!
lewchenko 20th October 2008, 16:39 Quote
Good news. CustomPC is my favourite PC mag, so am looking forward to further integration with what those guys do. Hopefully it will mean more stories and more frequent updates!!

Could bit-tech become the next Ars-technica ? In some ways it already surpasses it.
Blademrk 20th October 2008, 16:46 Quote
Look for the Bit-Tech.net magazine in the stores soon... XD

Congrats guys, didn't see this one coming.
Haramzadeh 20th October 2008, 16:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Pope
Why would things change for the worse?

Lay-offs. I recommend you lot unionize. Fight for your rights!!!1
biebiep 20th October 2008, 16:53 Quote
Great!
Only one remark: Don't change!
Baz 20th October 2008, 16:58 Quote
zomg!
CardJoe 20th October 2008, 17:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by teamtd11


Time for some cheesecake?

http://img356.imageshack.us/img356/9172/photo10111547dr6.jpg
proxess 20th October 2008, 17:05 Quote
congrats! I hope bit-tech keeps its autonomy and the good work it's been sending out over the last few years.
Nexxo 20th October 2008, 17:07 Quote
Good thing, IMO. Custom PC and PC Pro have a long tradition of not just doing reviews, but also reporting cutting-edge news and writing detailed feature articles. Both have impressive credentials that Bit-Tech can only profit from.

Now where's my raise? :p
alecamused 20th October 2008, 17:09 Quote
great news, congrats
reaper1304 20th October 2008, 17:23 Quote
Brilliant! im sure at this point skys the limit!

Cheers Bit-Tech
StephenK 20th October 2008, 17:23 Quote
Congrats guys! Glad to see that all the hard work keeps paying off :)
alextwo 20th October 2008, 17:33 Quote
Congratulations guys, onwards and upwards!
ComputerKing 20th October 2008, 17:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blademrk
Look for the Bit-Tech.net magazine in the stores soon... XD

They should ship it to Dubai or I'm going to be mad >:(

Good job BT ;) Well done. ;)
lamboman 20th October 2008, 17:44 Quote
Wow. Big wow.

This is awesome! Congrats guys.
Netizen 20th October 2008, 17:48 Quote
I think there's a good amount of overlap between Bit-tech readers and Custom PC readers, I know I'm one of them! Would love to see a B-T branded mag but of course that would clash with CPC's remit.... interesting times ahead indeed :D
GregTheRotter 20th October 2008, 17:50 Quote
Congrats indeed. All I can say is I'm glad the site isn't changing it's name to 'Dennis-tech.net' j/k ;-)
DAVEtheRAVE 20th October 2008, 17:52 Quote
great work guys!!
congrats!
specofdust 20th October 2008, 17:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
Good thing, IMO. Custom PC and PC Pro have a long tradition of not just doing reviews, but also reporting cutting-edge news and writing detailed feature articles. Both have impressive credentials that Bit-Tech can only profit from.

Now where's my raise? :p

Where's your raise? Where's my raise!?!

If it weren't for us angry users who misbehave and char-grill the hell out of everyone else you mods would have nothing to do. As a self-selected and elected spokesgod for these people, I demand recognition. And cake.
TomH 20th October 2008, 17:56 Quote
Well done indeed, enjoy the pay increases? ;)

I just hope that Dennis aren't the type to interfere much. They've got a winning formula and I really don't want to see Custom PC online (mainly because it already exists.)

Hmm.. Actually, the press announcement looks like they're only interested in broadening the reach of their advertising, so I suppose we'll just end-up with a broader array of advertising.. Back on Flashblock it goes then. :)
antiHero 20th October 2008, 17:58 Quote
Congrats guys! Hope everything will stay better :D
C-Sniper 20th October 2008, 17:59 Quote
Congrats bit-tech!
This calls for a large celebration involving many cheesecakes!
Jack_Pepsi 20th October 2008, 18:15 Quote
Great stuff! I can only imagine this means better things to come.

:D
pendragon 20th October 2008, 18:20 Quote
hmm I guess I'm in the paranoid minority here.. I'm always worried when I hear buy-outs/take-overs of businesses that I frequent .. I just hope my fears are unfounded :-/ . .time will tell I suppose.
mikeuk2004 20th October 2008, 18:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by specofdust
Where's your raise? Where's my raise!?!

If it weren't for us angry users who misbehave and char-grill the hell out of everyone else you mods would have nothing to do. As a self-selected and elected spokesgod for these people, I demand recognition. And cake.

I have many a time enjoyed reading yours and Nexos posts. Usually the threads are taken over by you guys disagreeing with each other. lol But interesting reading. :)
yodasarmpit 20th October 2008, 18:28 Quote
Big news indeed, Dennis publishing certainly are one of the big boys.
LeMaltor 20th October 2008, 18:33 Quote
Hurm, great. :D
notatoad 20th October 2008, 18:34 Quote
so are y'all incredibly rich now?
BioSniper 20th October 2008, 18:37 Quote
pendragon: You aren't alone, I'm the same.

Grats to the team though I hope things won't change too much :)
wolfticket 20th October 2008, 18:38 Quote
At least it's not future publishing, they suck :)
Does this mean we'll be charged 6 quid and get a dvd full of unwanted software worth £3000 every month?;)
Dennis do Micromart, my computer rag of choice, so I'm happy.

Personally, I'm hoping for Viz comics on bit-tech
Tim S 20th October 2008, 18:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Haramzadeh
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Pope
Why would things change for the worse?

Lay-offs. I recommend you lot unionize. Fight for your rights!!!1
Quote:
Originally Posted by pendragon
hmm I guess I'm in the paranoid minority here.. I'm always worried when I hear buy-outs/take-overs of businesses that I frequent .. I just hope my fears are unfounded :-/ . .time will tell I suppose.

I understand your scepticism and, yes, only time will tell with what happens... However, from the meetings I've had so far with James Tye and Barry Cronin, I don't think a lot of things will change. They bought the business because of what it is and they want to make it bigger and better.

James became CEO of Dennis after working his way up from Editor of PC Pro - and I think that helps to highlight Dennis' focus on content. The one thing that won't happen is layoffs... they've acquired bit-tech because of the people behind it, because they're the ones that have made the product successful. You guys (and girls) have helped to make the product successful as you've been there to give us a beating when we've needed it, and to pat us on the back when it's necessary. For that I can only thank you all! :)

I respect that this probably won't eliminate your scepticism, but I hope that you'll bear with us. I remember the scepticism surrounding the original investment from Hugh and I believe we eliminated that over time. All I can ask for is your trust, as I'm certainly hoping that we'll just make bit-tech better with the help of Dennis!
Thacrudd 20th October 2008, 18:42 Quote
Congrats to you, thanks for everything you do.
RTT 20th October 2008, 18:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wolfticket

Personally, I'm hoping for Viz comics on bit-tech

Haha, now that would be awesome :D
<A88> 20th October 2008, 18:46 Quote
Congratulations! I bought Custom PC for the first two years and it's always seemed to have a mutual fondness of Bit. PC Pro's also a great magazine for techies imo and I'm sure whatever comes out of this takeover will only be positive ;).
modgodtanvir 20th October 2008, 18:48 Quote
Yipee!

I've often enjoyed the pleasure of reading some of Dennis's other publications, so this should be good ;)

Not too sure on a printed publication though... I would buy it, especially if it came with free thumbscrews... but I suppose Tech is best kept on computers?
frontline 20th October 2008, 18:49 Quote
Hm, love Custom PC as a magazine, but the quality of your site, reviews and articles is definitely superior :)

Good luck for the future, hope it matches the past success!
ElThomsono 20th October 2008, 18:50 Quote
Why does this headline give me the feeling that Bit was lost in a game of poker?

Congratulations guys :D
fathazza 20th October 2008, 18:51 Quote
so g'wan then, how much did they pay? ;)

And did you have to give them Hiren's soul as surety?
Cthippo 20th October 2008, 19:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
I don't think a lot of things will change. They bought the business because of what it is and they want to make it bigger and better.

Bigger is not better. Every time you "broaden the appeal of the site" it attracts another hoard of morons and lowers the average intelligence of the userbase. I think this will be good for bit, but bad for those of us who come here to find a higher grade of people than is the average on the web.

That said, Custom PC is a good magazine, so hopefully it won't be as bad as I'm afraid it's going to be.
Nexxo 20th October 2008, 19:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by frontline
Hm, love Custom PC as a magazine, but the quality of your site, reviews and articles is definitely superior :)
I do put them straight on the facts on occasion. :p Recently I sent them a long letter on various misconceptions about Fluorinert (in their Armari XPC immersion cooling PC).
500mph 20th October 2008, 19:15 Quote
Congrats! I wish we could get some publications over here.
Scirocco 20th October 2008, 19:17 Quote
Congrats, guys! Long live Bit-tech!
The_Pope 20th October 2008, 19:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ElThomsono
Why does this headline give me the feeling that Bit was lost in a game of poker?

Congratulations guys :D

We're better at poker than that ;)
Tim S 20th October 2008, 19:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cthippo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
I don't think a lot of things will change. They bought the business because of what it is and they want to make it bigger and better.

Bigger is not better. Every time you "broaden the appeal of the site" it attracts another hoard of morons and lowers the average intelligence of the userbase. I think this will be good for bit, but bad for those of us who come here to find a higher grade of people than is the average on the web.

That said, Custom PC is a good magazine, so hopefully it won't be as bad as I'm afraid it's going to be.

I'm hoping we can keep the average intellect high while also expanding the site. That'll be dictated by the content and we plan to keep that the same.
Bindibadgi 20th October 2008, 19:34 Quote
I take ONE week off work and this happens

You guys better not have move my desk :P
Hugo 20th October 2008, 19:39 Quote
As long as you get Felix's poetry recitals as your hold music like the main office I'm happy :D
sotu1 20th October 2008, 19:41 Quote
Interesting news, I hope this doesn't change bit-tech too much. I liked that it was a bit of an independent, a little more identifiable, a little more personal and different from all the other mass crap, and the reviews here are much better. The acquisition by Dennis is a logical step; CPC magazine is one of the better enthusiast magazines (despite the fact they never gave me my work experience damn you!). However, gotta say that the fanboys over at macuser are prone to being totally Steve Jobs obsessive and lick the ground he walks on. Aside from that, cool! Let's see Bittech go new places!
fathazza 20th October 2008, 19:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I take ONE week off work and this happens

You guys better not have move my desk :P

I hope you guys didnt forget to keep bindi his job
oasked 20th October 2008, 19:46 Quote
So who got a massive payout then? :D

Great work guys, I hope happy times are ahead - despite the current financial situation.
MiNiMaL_FuSS 20th October 2008, 19:57 Quote
well i've been with u since 2001 and will continue to be so for mnay years yet! good luck.
mike_beef 20th October 2008, 20:08 Quote
congrats to all. this is great news! i havent been here long but thoroughly enjoy and value reading all your articles.
mrb_no1 20th October 2008, 20:16 Quote
hazzzzzzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

hope this pans out for the best. rofl at bindi's comment....note: your desk is in the car park
Mach1.9pants 20th October 2008, 20:16 Quote
Interesting news. I am a subscriber to CPC, it gets shipped out to me here in sunny NZ. In fact on my FF bookmarks toolbar they sit next to each other...bit-tech and CPC websites!
ChEsTeH 20th October 2008, 20:23 Quote
Congratulations guys wonderful news :)
Jojii 20th October 2008, 20:23 Quote
1.05 million unique visitors a month? that makes one feel small
Redbeaver 20th October 2008, 20:25 Quote
bigger is not always better,

but it usually is.

gratz folks! gluck with the new company!
mikeuk2004 20th October 2008, 20:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I take ONE week off work and this happens

You guys better not have move my desk :P

Thats why you shouldnt take time off. :p They moved your desk to the garden shed so you can get your freak on like a crazy Bindi you are :)
steveo_mcg 20th October 2008, 20:31 Quote
So thats where that dude came from... He the Dennis staffer to replace bindi?
CardJoe 20th October 2008, 20:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Pope
We're better at poker than that ;)

You aren't :p
Hugo 20th October 2008, 20:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
You aren't :p

Tru dat!

Also:
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/7556/sugarsoldbittechon1.jpg
-EVRE- 20th October 2008, 20:43 Quote
So far the only things I think fear happening is...

1. no magazine exclusive content. If its there, it should be on BT's site.

2. Forced bias. There is already alot of news on Intel on Bit's site for the last 4 months... or just a lack of news and new for/from AMD?
fathazza 20th October 2008, 20:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jojii
1.05 million unique visitors a month? that makes one feel small

To be fair, a good 60% of that is just Nexxo
plagio 20th October 2008, 20:45 Quote
well well, congrats guys.
evanbraakensiek 20th October 2008, 21:03 Quote
I'm a subscriber to Custom PC and PC Pro, and Bit-tech is the only technology website I visit. The move is good from Dennis' perspective as their online portfolio is quite weak. Despite a redesign of the Custom PC website and an increased 'focus' on the online space - with the podcast - they're still miles behind. And, it makes sense to buy Bit-tech, relatively cheaply, and gain an established audience.

The knock-on affects for Bit-tech, I assume, will be a bigger budget, and a 'better relationship' with manufacturers. This means there should be more reviews and more inside information. Anyone who is a subscriber to both the aforementioned magazines will notice the crossover in consumer and gaming hardware reviews. This will be probably extended to Bit-tech.

I do hope you continue to write more features, though. Custom PC has dropped significantly in quality with staff changes - I've been a reader since issue one. And, the editorial content has been replaced with ads, ads and more ads. Perhaps I'm just outgrowing Custom PC, but I think PC Pro is much better value for money. And, they've lots of editorial content - Dick Pountain's Idealog column is especially interesting to read. His column last month actually makes me want to buy his book!
Firehed 20th October 2008, 21:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by specofdust
Where's your raise? Where's my raise!?!

If it weren't for us angry users who misbehave and char-grill the hell out of everyone else you mods would have nothing to do. As a self-selected and elected spokesgod for these people, I demand recognition. And cake.
Well if you get a raise, then me and Doug are definitely in need too.

Congrats Bit-staff, but I have to say it: don't f*ck this up. ;)
HourBeforeDawn 20th October 2008, 21:13 Quote
*cough* sell outs *cough* seriously I will be pissed if Bit-Tech falls the same way Toms Hardware did, when they sold out ~_~ that site hasnt been nearly as good as it use to be... and well Im gong to stop talking now as I dont feel like getting into a rant.... so as long as NOTHING changed in the ways of article coverage, the depth of coverage and well the general feel then alright.
Jordan Wise 20th October 2008, 21:28 Quote
as long as you keep up the columns section I'll be happy, but it does seem to be getting a little too quiet in there lately, and please write more staff columns, i think the developer ones are great but I'd like some non-game centric ones too. Well done though
DXR_13KE 20th October 2008, 21:44 Quote
as long as you don't change to much... i am happy.
DougEdey 20th October 2008, 21:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehed
Well if you get a raise, then me and Doug are definitely in need too.

Congrats Bit-staff, but I have to say it: don't f*ck this up. ;)

I get more of one then you, sanity money for controlling Tim, Geoff, Jamie AND Hiren!
Hugo 20th October 2008, 22:03 Quote
Well, I want however much Dennis paid, divided by the number of articles on bit to compensate me for my one piece of writing for the site if we're being money-grabbers.
Cheapskate 20th October 2008, 22:05 Quote
Congratulations. I have only 2 requests:
#1 - Don't change BT. (Seriously, CPC online is a total mess. -Check out the number of bots in the member list.)
#2 - If there is a BT mag in the future, You MUST have a Relix swimsuit issue every year.:P
Tim S 20th October 2008, 22:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cheapskate
#2 - If there is a BT mag in the future, You MUST have a Relix swimsuit issue every year.:P
I think I might have just disturbed the neighbours with the laugh I let off when I read this... :D
johnmustrule 20th October 2008, 22:15 Quote
Just don't become another IGN, I've finaly stopped reading their stuff.
impar 20th October 2008, 22:35 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cthippo
Bigger is not better.
So true.
Amon 20th October 2008, 22:44 Quote
Why...?

Well I hope the staff and their content don't go to shite the same way about every other takeover has conceded. And, oh, by the way, wish you all the best. Really.
pumpman 20th October 2008, 22:46 Quote
I get Micromart everyweek , be good to see some Bit articles in it as some of the writers in the mag are getting lazy, most are good though
DeX 20th October 2008, 22:49 Quote
I know you guys are hardly a public company, but how much did they pay for you? I really hope you got a good deal because bit-tech is one of the highest quality tech web sites out there! :)
darklord of chaos 20th October 2008, 22:58 Quote
this has been touched on but i hope bit-tech does not fall victim to the good review for cash kinda thing that goes on in pc mag's but I hope this will open more doors and provide better support for you guys
Ending Credits 20th October 2008, 23:03 Quote
I noticed the lack of AMD reviews and information but to be honest they've really fallen short of releasing anything really exciting recently.

Hopefully with ATI and Deneb (which look pretty interesting) they can get back in the game.
Hugo 20th October 2008, 23:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by darklord of chaos
this has been touched on but i hope bit-tech does not fall victim to the good review for cash kinda thing that goes on in pc mag's

Trust me, Tim will never, EVER let that happen.
Shadowed_fury 20th October 2008, 23:57 Quote
'grats!
Bit-tech, I love you ;)
kenco_uk 21st October 2008, 00:00 Quote
Alas, I have no cheesecake to offer, only congratulations!
centy 21st October 2008, 01:01 Quote
Bit-tech and customPC are all I read.
LordPyrinc 21st October 2008, 01:06 Quote
Congratulations! Keep up the good work.
knuck 21st October 2008, 01:08 Quote
those things are always a little scary but I have faith in bit tech management and I know this decision was taken for the best :)
*mat-ster* 21st October 2008, 02:26 Quote
Sorry dudes I can not see the synergy!
PC Pro, CPC, Micromart and Bit-tech :| as long as I see detailed reviews saying how crap, crap gear is, I will be happy...!

I have re-typed this part about 5 times now - I think I will leave it blank instead...
Nature 21st October 2008, 02:36 Quote
"sell-outs" :D I hope ya'll can take that cruise with that lady with the adams apple now... But seriously if your reviews start to suck I am dedicating my life to trolling you guys.... more :D
Rocket733 21st October 2008, 02:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Pope
Why would things change for the worse?

Well based on pure conjecture and speculation: The reason Dennis Publishing acquired Bit-Tech is a specific reason. You don't just go out and buy another company for the heck of it. In this case it seems to be twofold, 1. Establish a web presence, as evidenced by comments in this thread, Dennis really doesn't have a high quality web presence yet 2. Increase the number of readers of Dennis publishing sources. Both of these factors lead to an increase in future revenue for Dennis over other options available to them. If for whatever reason Bit doesn't meet the goals of Dennis because of any number of factors it is likely they will make changes to Bit in order to achieve said results. While I'm certainly happy with Bit as it currently is the acquisition by another company brings in additional views and influences that may or may not grow Bit in a similar manner in the future.

In the end companies buy other companies for two reasons, either increase revenue or cut costs. In most cases both occur through reduction of duplicate services and enhancing the offering to customers. Maybe over the short run Bit isn't going to change but it's rather silly to buy a company and change nothing. Hopefully things work out.
IanJackson 21st October 2008, 03:34 Quote
Cheesecake!!!! i want a magazine subscription!!!!! CONGRATS WE ALL LOVE U BIT-TECH
Firehed 21st October 2008, 03:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougEdey
I get more of one then you, sanity money for controlling Tim, Geoff, Jamie AND Hiren!
Controlling? Are the colors on my monitor wrong? I don't see your name in red. :p

(mine totally is,but my nick is <span style="color:#00f">Firehed</span> and now the gig is up)
Stuey 21st October 2008, 03:57 Quote
Congrats!!

Whatever you do, PLEASE put more emphasis into modding section. There are no how-to articles any more, barely any guides, and nothing as mind-blowing as what led me to bit-tech in the first place.

please, please, PLEASE remember what set bit-tech apart from other tech news sites - the modding. Revitalize the modding articles!!
B3CK 21st October 2008, 04:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rocket733
Well based on pure conjecture and speculation: The reason Dennis Publishing acquired Bit-Tech is a specific reason. You don't just go out and buy another company for the heck of it. In this case it seems to be twofold, 1. Establish a web presence, as evidenced by comments in this thread, Dennis really doesn't have a high quality web presence yet 2. Increase the number of readers of Dennis publishing sources. Both of these factors lead to an increase in future revenue for Dennis over other options available to them. If for whatever reason Bit doesn't meet the goals of Dennis because of any number of factors it is likely they will make changes to Bit in order to achieve said results. While I'm certainly happy with Bit as it currently is the acquisition by another company brings in additional views and influences that may or may not grow Bit in a similar manner in the future.

In the end companies buy other companies for two reasons, either increase revenue or cut costs. In most cases both occur through reduction of duplicate services and enhancing the offering to customers. Maybe over the short run Bit isn't going to change but it's rather silly to buy a company and change nothing. Hopefully things work out.


Hi, long time reader, first time poste,,,, er, nm, Um, almost nail on the head for me. Another thought that is swimming in my head is this: What happens when a piece of merchandise is sent out for review?
When one side of the company gets it, will BT still get to review it? If so then: Does BT have to at least pretend to back up what the other company says? Or: Does BT still get to do an unbiased slap em' if their wrong review? Making BT readers lose out on a review.
Will the company sending the "thing they sent" say they've already sent it to one Dennis company, why send it to two? Making BT readers lose out on a review.



Oh, and gratz on the deal. And gratz on keeping it a secret; how long have you known? Not like your not good at secrets, with all the reviews you handle you haven't upset too many media release dates.
Last, I would buy a sub to the mag, as long as It isn't a complete copy of the site, or that the site loses out reviews' n info for the mag. So I guess that I would hate to sub to a mag that is full of stuff that I already read on BT.net; and I would hate to have to wait for stuff on BT.net for the mag to get published, mailed, and delivered.

I check BT at least once a day during the week, most times more than that. At work, at home, at friends house. I will read news and sometimes articles at work. And read forums and longer articles at home. I even had the chance to give one customer a discount at my store for mentioning BT!!! I would absolutely drop BT if it became the mirror to Tom's hardware. I purchase custom pc and pc pro every now and then when I have spare change in my pocket, and am somewhere that they actually carry them. But to be honest, most of their reviews were already covered in some part by BT, long before I saw their mag; and the mags have more ads in them than actual usable information.
DougEdey 21st October 2008, 06:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehed
Controlling? Are the colors on my monitor wrong? I don't see your name in red. :p

(mine totally is,but my nick is <span style="color:#00f">Firehed</span> and now the gig is up)

I control them in real life! I'd like to see you try the same.

I hope bit DON'T do a hard publication, it'd destroy the company,
The boy 4rm oz 21st October 2008, 07:25 Quote
That is fantastic news. I hope the epic nature of your work doesn't slacken.
CardJoe 21st October 2008, 07:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
as long as you keep up the columns section I'll be happy, but it does seem to be getting a little too quiet in there lately, and please write more staff columns, i think the developer ones are great but I'd like some non-game centric ones too. Well done though

We have a new column from Cliff this week, so no worries. ;)
Nature 21st October 2008, 07:34 Quote
I am officially beating the stuffing out of my terrier now!
The_Pope 21st October 2008, 08:05 Quote
Rocket733 - thanks for the detailed post. I'm going to side with the "increase revenue" side of things. Hypothetically, the vast depth and resources of a big publisher like Dennis should open more doors than were possible previously. I can imagine that growth plans might be accelerated, allowing Tim & the team to expand and take an even greater market share.

If I was a direct competitor (not naming names, of course) I'd be pretty worried. :)
Tim S 21st October 2008, 08:13 Quote
I'm trying to shrink my waistline, not expand it. Thanks Geoff! :p
DougEdey 21st October 2008, 08:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Pope
If I was a direct competitor (not naming names, of course) I'd be pretty worried. :)

I hope you and I are on the same wavelength, and if we are it goes to show that advertising every single inch on a page does not improve the business :P
DaMightyMouse 21st October 2008, 08:41 Quote
Sweet...my fav tech site getting bigger and better I hope :) congrats!
kenco_uk 21st October 2008, 08:57 Quote
Huh, talk about bottled pessimism from some of the posts on here! Why can't you see that bt were acquired because they are a bunch of people that have raised their profiles pretty high with consistently good, well-informed reviews (although sometimes worryingly grammatically wrong/spelt incorrectly :p)?

It's good that the hard work put in may very well pay off with this move.
Xir 21st October 2008, 08:58 Quote
...well, Toms hardware went down the drain fast after their takeover.
First a "more professional" look for the site, then a big turn towards the american market, then a big loss in test thoroughness

I just hope that doesn't happen to you.

What could happen...
Dennis has professional testers for 3 magazines, so does their content come to you? Does your content go to them? any way somebody is going to be unhappy about it.
impar 21st October 2008, 09:26 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amon
Why...?
When tech sites get bought by a big company, the tech site usually loses quality.
Last example was ArsTechnica, bought by Condé Nast last Spring.
Even The Inquirer (I know, I know...) lost its appeal after being acquired by VNU.
Gareth Halfacree 21st October 2008, 09:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
(although sometimes worryingly grammatically wrong/spelt incorrectly :p)?
To be fair, that's usually my fault rather than that of the full-time bit-techers. I seem to be going through a spate of brain->keyboard failures at the moment.
WilHarris 21st October 2008, 10:23 Quote
:)

Congrats guys! Amazing news. Very proud.
[USRF]Obiwan 21st October 2008, 10:34 Quote
Hey concrats Bitters!

So now we get more reviews of hardware then?

:)
Hg 21st October 2008, 10:39 Quote
well done guys, bit tech and custom pc the winning formula :D
Toka 21st October 2008, 10:43 Quote
Mmmm

CPC and Bit-Tech under the same managment. Yay!

Now all I need is more FOLDING ORIENATED hardware / driver reviews from the bit-tech staff, and of course a points-per-day type score for each of the graphics cards that you review :)

Please! :)
Fod 21st October 2008, 11:43 Quote
Question! What does this mean in regard to the prior IPC acqusition?
Hiren 21st October 2008, 11:51 Quote
Nothing, IPC acquired TrustedReviews which was and always has been a separate company to bit-tech.
Fod 21st October 2008, 11:52 Quote
aha. so now you're like, total rivals :p

it's funny; in my previous job we did publishing workflow stuff for both IPC and dennis. they were our biggest (and fussiest ) customers.
BigD79 21st October 2008, 13:39 Quote
well done!

do you all get red and black stripey jumpers now?
RTT 21st October 2008, 14:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fod
aha. so now you're like, total rivals :p

Well not really (I work for TR/IPC, ex-bit-tech shareholder as of last Friday). Bit is enthusiast and TR is consumer so totally different markets even if there is a slight overlap in some areas. Dennis's PC Pro & IT Pro are a rivals to TR though.
Xtrafresh 21st October 2008, 14:13 Quote
hahaha, and a nametag in the shape of a cheesecake, that sais:

"Hi! I'm Tim!"

Anyways, congrats to you all. Keep doing what you love in the way we love to read about it!

Dont change your ways though, as you can see a lot of us are a bit worried. BT has something great going on, which is the feel of a village. Don't become a city!
Much of the last months worth of columns are about big corporations sucking the life-blood out of small ones. Ofcourse that is all aimed on the topic of gaming, but it does raise some unpleasant questions. Be sure to not fall in the same trap.

Remember, none of use want more professionalism, we want more cheesecake!


Drink one on it mates!
Mister_X 21st October 2008, 15:07 Quote
Well congratulations and good luck, heres hoping it works out for all,,, (including us!)
ou7blaze 21st October 2008, 16:09 Quote
I just happen to have some cheesecake here, care to have some Bit-Tech?

(I actually DO have cheesecake, this is not a lie)
Tim S 21st October 2008, 17:09 Quote
Darkraven 21st October 2008, 17:19 Quote
This certainly gave a lot of keyboards a workout. Just shows how much everyone cares bout Bit-Tech. Good fan bases don't come easy. Shows your hard work really paying off. Keep it up guys. Don't fret too much, buy outs and take overs scare most folks and that's going to show in comments. Heck, you may have least a year before the neck collars and desk chains are fitted.

My concern is for ya'lls health. Obsesssed with cheezecake. Should be a 12 step meeting for that somewhere. Or you may have to find sponcership from Levi and a good belt company.:):)
JK23 21st October 2008, 18:32 Quote
I remember the early days with Vinnay and others... The original BORG cube case and case mods that started it all... Sorry - Nostalgia moment for any that remember it :)

Jase
teamtd11 21st October 2008, 18:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
Look what just arrived...

http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/7947/cheesecakeld8.jpg

Looks yummy. Can i have a slice?
Tim S 21st October 2008, 18:57 Quote
it's all gone, but it was FTW
notatoad 21st October 2008, 20:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkraven
My concern is for ya'lls health. Obsesssed with cheezecake. Should be a 12 step meeting for that somewhere. Or you may have to find sponcership from Levi and a good belt company.:):)

don't be silly. cheesecake is good for you.
Kurayamino 21st October 2008, 21:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
Look what just arrived...

http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/7947/cheesecakeld8.jpg


Congratulations, Tim are you trying to strike up a deal on cheesecake with Tesco also?
Tim S 21st October 2008, 21:52 Quote
I have some Tesco shares from when I was an employee there during my days at university... I should go along to the next AGM and suggest discounted cheesecake for all bit-tech readers!
Hugo 21st October 2008, 22:20 Quote
Well you got that cheesecake at a 100% discount as I brought it over soo.....
1ad7 21st October 2008, 22:33 Quote
I love bit tech because it is different, the writing actually is great, it nearly always flows well and is not overly techie or pretentious like alot of tech writing can be. I trust each and every review to be 100% true and I constantly reference the info I find on here when people ask me questions or I go to buy new hardware/software/wine coolers. Hell after reading the review on Mount&Blade I shelled out 30 dollars the 2nd time I played to go past lvl 7 :). I check the site at least 3 times every day because at about 1am, for me in Texas, there is usually a update or two and then I check it when i wake up cause there is more updates :) and then again when I get home from work in case there's something cool I missed.
The point im making slowly and terribly is bit tech is the only tech site where its obvious each and every article is important to the writer/reviewer and you get a true feel for whatever is the subject complete with overly techie information when needed and simplistic "this sucked... like seriously don't buy it, it will beat your children." when necessary. On top of this offering of truth which flows from the bit tech troff im slowly learning that the community here can only agree on one thing and that's that WE LOVE BIT TECH and whatever you guys do in life I wish you success, and I truly hope that success stays here at home where you belong :)
Bindibadgi 21st October 2008, 22:48 Quote
To everyone - your support is massively appreciated :):):) ;)

We'll do our best to uphold our end of the bargain ;)
kenco_uk 22nd October 2008, 00:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
I have some Tesco shares from when I was an employee there during my days at university... I should go along to the next AGM and suggest discounted cheesecake for all bit-tech readers!

You have all our support. Go forth and cake-ify.
Forsakenzoul 23rd October 2008, 21:18 Quote
congrats everyone at bit-tech!! Been a long time reader and I've always loved the work you all put out. Again grats and very well deserved =)
jezmck 25th October 2008, 09:31 Quote
Quote:
synergy
Mo_ 26th October 2008, 10:38 Quote
Congrates guys. For the editors/personals who have been there for 5 or more years dennis offers 6 weeks holidays. Bindi would love that...
Rich_13 3rd November 2008, 20:31 Quote
Congrats, I see Dennis learning a thing or two about web sites for magazines from you guys... Or maybe it's the other way round and you and custom PC will join forces ! :-D

All the best and keep up the great work. :-D
Spaceraver 31st March 2009, 11:09 Quote
Hmm.. Doesn't Dennis Publishing own MAXIM too?

There are some rather nippy features in that mag.
And why is the link missing at the bottom?

(I'm so going to recieve punishment for this, but it was SO worth it.) :D
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