What started as an unfortunate rumor has disappointingly been confirmed: in an attempt to cast off its “underperforming” properties, AOL will be laying off around 150 people and Joystiq and The Unofficial Apple Weblog will no longer exist in their current forms.

Both sites were founded in 2004 and went on to become well-known names in their respective arenas, but after more than a decade, parent company AOL has decided to shut down both. Joystiq will become a sub-channel to Engadget, though apparently none of the staff will be retained. TUAW is vanishing entirely, with its Apple-focused content being folded into Engadget’s main site.

Ludwig Kietzmann, Joystiq’s Editor-in-Chief since 2012, informed his Twitter followers that the site will officially stop publishing content this Tuesday, February 3. News of Joystiq’s closure has been met with appropriate shock all across the Internet. The site has always produced quality content and consistently made its way onto “best of” lists, from sources like and Feedster 500. We here at MEGATech News wish the Joystiq and TUAW staffs all the best.

via Game Informer and Tech Crunch.

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