You may have already heard this if you keep up with general gaming news via Joystiq or Kotaku. Bear with me if so.
It was announced today that 1UP.com and affiliated entities (EGM magazine, Gamevideos.com, and a few others) has been sold to the Hearst Corporation by their former owner, Ziff Davis Publishing. Not a huge deal; it happens all the time and business and you can't blame companies for trying to do everything they can to maintain profits in a sour economy. What sucks, however, is all the good people being laid off in the acquisition, including a few friends of All is Brawl.
I'm specifically talking about Matt Chandronait, producer of the 1UP Show, and Ryan Scott, editor of Games for Windows magazine. It was Matt's decision to do a 1UP Show segment about Brawl and bring in members of the community to talk competitive Smash with the show hosts; at the suggestion of show member Richard Li (whose fate is unknown), Matt and his team asked myself, Gimpyfish, and HugS to join them in San Francisco to film a 10 minute segment on what it means to be a competitive Smasher. The show went up the Friday after Brawl's release and was one of the few/only positive representations the competitive community has ever had in popular media. So we as a community owe a lot to Matt, Ryan (a big contributer to the 1UP Show and "star" of the Brawl segment), and their team for the exposure they brought to the community and their generosity in hosting us.
We as a website are additionally indebted to the show because it was our mention during the show -- "What's the new website? Allisbrawl.com?" -- that first brought many of our users to the site. We got thousands upon thousands of hits, and over 600 new members specifically mentioned the 1UP show as the reason they were joining. That kind of publicity is invaluable to a young site, and it's safe to say the AiB wouldn't be the same without that early boost in visibility.
So here's another "thanks" to Matt, Ryan, and the entire 1UP Show crew for that amazing video segment. Talented, intelligent people are never jobless for long, and we're sure they'll end up somewhere great soon.