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History of Game Informer

Sit in on an intimate look back on the beginnings of the 4th most circulated magazine worldwide. This session provides an introspective on the game reviewing business and how to possibly start up your own journalistic brand.

Featured Speakers

One of the original game journalists, Andy McNamara started his career in 1991 writing reviews of NHL Hockey and Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis in the magazine’s premiere issue. Named editor-in-chief in 1994, McNamara turned the quarterly newsletter into the number one monthly video game publication in the world, with over 7 Million subscribers and counting.

Andy McNamara

Editor in Chief, Game Informer

With over 20 years of experience as the executive editor at Game Informer Magazine, Andrew’s original works have appeared in hundreds of magazines and on He manages the daily creation of original content for print, online, and digital, coordinating the work of Game Informer’s entire editorial team.

Andrew Reiner

Executive Editor, Game Informer

Matt Bertz has been covering interactive entertainment since 2001. Upon graduating high school, Matt turned his love for entertainment into a career, pursuing degrees in print journalism and creative writing from the University of St. Thomas and specializing in entertainment writing.  He has contributed as a freelancer to Newsweek, AOL, Inked, Laptop, and Men’s Fitness, among other publications.

Matt Bertz

Content Manager, Game Informer