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Source: randomghostSad news for video game artists (and lovers of rad art in general) today, as online industry (and community) site CGHub has officially announced its closure.
Yesterday CGHub shut everything down without warning. I’m stunned. The site was on the rise and in many ways was the place to go to for the games industry art world. The creators (but not owners) of the site released a new statement this morning that explains a little more of the tragic situation. For a site that so many relied on, this is extremely unprofessional and to hear the parent company has no interest in even selling it to someone who could pick up where they left off is baffling.
Personally, I’m sad and honestly a bit angered about this. CGHub was a nearly daily visit for me. A large majority of my posts came from there and now carry dead source links. There wasn’t a site like it out there - that had the features it had and the awesome community of mostly games industry artists in it. I even had great success with its job postings section while hiring for Leviathan at various points.
The next question is unless CGHub rises from the ashes when its owners get their heads cleared up, where will the next core congregation of game artists happen?
The sentiment is shared, especially since I’m such a stickler for attaching artists’ credits to their work. CGHub was fantastic for professional-level artists. Not all graphic artists have portfolio websites for themselves, and while DeviantArt is convenient for sharing, it doesn’t come across as professionally as other sites, especially where prospective clients are concerned. Hopefully, the affected artists will find alternative sites for sharing their work soon, if they didn’t have any already.
Tumblr is generally pretty shitty about giving artists their due credit, and this shutdown doesn’t help any. To all my followers, before reblogging any artwork that doesn’t have credits attached, I urge you to run a quick reverse image search to find its source and add it in.
We don’t do this for our health, and half a line of text isn’t going to fuck up your blog aesthetic that much.