The ABC's Good Game is gone, for good, which is far from good news for Australian gamers.
In fact, it hit them like a tonne of bricks.
Now they're 'putting their controllers out' to mourn the loss of Australia's longest-running video game television show and the hashtag #putyourcontrollersout was trending on Twitter by Tuesday afternoon. Even major companies were getting on board.
On Tuesday the show released a statement announcing the cancellation, after the two hosts both decided to pursue other career opportunities after the summer break.
"In light of this major setback, and changes in the way audiences are choosing to get their information about gaming, the ABC has decided to end the long and successful run of the show. We plan to continue Spawn Point in a new format," the statement read.
Co-Host of the show, Stephanie Bendixsen posted the statement to Instagram claiming the show was "the place I truly discovered who I was."
There are no words to describe how upsetting it is to share this news with you today. Good Game is the place I truly discovered who I was. Found strength and confidence in myself and what I loved to do. The incredible team I've worked with have been my family. The show has provided ten, incredible years of a love and passion for gaming, and I've been lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful family for seven of them. Rest assured, there is a brilliant team still at the ABC who are ever-committed to making Spawn Point the best possible show it can be for gamers by gamers - for younger viewers on ABC ME. This whole journey has been SO special and in the last month incredibly emotional. I count myself lucky to retain such strong, life-long friendships with Bajo and everyone on the team. The future holds some pretty big changes for me, however I'm eternally grateful for every blissful experience both online and IRL that I've had in my seven years on the show. Thank you for watching and supporting myself and the team for all these years. It means more than you can ever know. Hex out. 💙
Queue the onslaught of controllers put out. But if you're scratching your head wondering why you've never heard of the show, we don't blame you.
If not, we send our condolences... and a virtual hug, too.
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