The Association of Independent Game Websites is an organisation which seeks to improve the standard of volunteer-run videogame websites. Our goal is to support videogame websites, provide their staff with a place to exchange ideas and promote best practises. AIGW members offer a refreshing alternative to the mainstream press.
Who we represent
Videogame websites generally fall into one of two categories; large, commercial publications and smaller, volunteer-run websites. Although the top five to ten videogame websites have many more readers than non-commercial ones, together volunteer-run websites make up a considerable body of readership and opinion.
While our member websites are all run in different ways, they share the same core values:
- Independent — They’re not owned by a third-party.
- Volunteer-run — Website staff do not typically receive pay for their work.
- Non- or less-commercial — To adapt a famous Walt Disney quote, we don’t publish articles to make money; we make money so we can publish more articles.
- Design-focused — We value the principles of good design and embrace best practices such as web standards.
- Established — We’ve been around long enough to be trusted as reliable sources for videogames opinion.
What we do
Traditionally, the owners and managers of volunteer-run websites rarely meet each other or communicate, if at all. We’re all doing basically the same job, but within our own little bubbles.
The AIGW would like to change that. We want to provide somewhere to share ideas, discuss common problems and generally compare notes. We believe that by interacting more, we can improve the quality of all volunteer-run websites.
The best way to contact us is by emailing Philip Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about writing articles for the site, please take a look at our page on contributing.