The day has come that I never wanted to see, the possible closure of InternetGumshoe.
The last few weeks have been bad. We have had our financial backer pull out and we have let go all our part time staff, advertising revenue has been low due to our U.S. based readership when we are based in the U.K.
It has became clear that without some increase in finances, we are no longer about to break even. I had been supplementing the earnings of the website by paying for applications where the developer was unwilling to give promo codes or review copies of the application.
We have seen a sharp decrease in webOS developer offering promo codes, so we are faced with either only reviewing free application (and we have covered over 80% of these already with our FARU articles) or paying for the applications you are asking us to review.
Sadly, our iOS audience is also in decline, we are able to get promo codes for these application, but feel it is unfair to the developers to ask when some reviews are getting fewer than one hundred views when the Touchpad applications figures are in the several thousands.
So, unless something changes very soon, I will be forced to close down the InternetGumshoe, at present this looks like it will take place on the 16th January 2012.
The site will stay available for a while, but no new articles will be added.
Many of you have been loyal and wonderful reader, giving feedback and sending in requests and we have been more than happy to review the games you wanted to know about.
This impending closure is particularly sad as we believe we have been one of the best sites around for webOS application reviews, as we have covered well over 300 webOS titles.
If you can be of any help at all then please let us know, as frankly I do not want the InternetGumshoe to disappear when webOS needs all the help it can get.