The ABC have cancelled Good Game

Australia’s longest-running and most-watched television program about video games has been cancelled. The news comes as the show was gearing up for a new season this year on the ABC, and was announced via the show’s social media accounts this morning.

The show’s cancellation appears to have taken even its own staff by surprise with several taking to social media to express their grief and frustration at the situation.

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. 💙

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In the last hour, it has been confirmed that, in addition to the main program, all of the Good Game spin offs with the exception of Good Game: Spawn Point are no longer in production.

The cancellation is an especially brutal blow to a show that had just celebrated its tenth year on the air and seemed to be firing on all cylinders. They had spin-offs, live shows, they were packing out crowds at convention Q and A’s. The only real speedbump the show had encountered in the last twelve months was that it’s creator, lead producer and single greatest cheerleader Janet Carr had departed the show late last year for new projects.

On a personal level, we are devastated to see Good Game go. It’s a show that has meant a lot to countless video game fans throughout the country, but has been a beacon in how to cover this bizarre hobby of ours with grace, integrity and good humour. This story is still developing and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as further details come to hand.

Farewell Good Game and, until next time, may all your games be good ones.

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David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.

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