About Us

Founded in 2013, Power Up Gaming is a UK-based video games news and editorial website.

Edited by managing director Chris Mawson, the site focuses on delivering high-quality news articles, features, reviews, previews and opinion pieces that cover both current and retro gaming.

Alongside mainstream games, we also pride ourselves on giving recognition to independent and mobile games and cover a broad range of titles on the site – whether they’re developed by an indie studio on a shoestring or one of the largest triple-A companies.

Power Up Gaming was born from its co-founders’ shared love of retro gaming, and has gone on to become one of the UK’s longest-standing and most beloved independent video game publications.

In its ten years of operation, Power Up Gaming has worked with over 40 freelance writers, editors and contributors. Many fledgling journalists and PRs started their career with PUG and have gone on to work for companies such as IT Pro, PC Invasion, IGN and Alfred London.


Chris Mawson

Chris Mawson

Founder & Managing Director

Chris is the founder, managing director and editor-in-chief of Power Up Gaming. He manages the day-to-day operations of the site.
Chris Needham

Chris Needham

Founder & Director Emeritus

Chris Needham is Power Up Gaming's co-founder and director emeritus. Chris is responsible for PUG's unique creative design.
Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Media Manager

Dan is Power Up Gaming's media manager, responsible for maintaining the site's organic and paid media channels as an advertiser and publisher.

Alongside managing the day-to-day operations of Power Up Gaming, Chris Mawson works as Head of SEO for a digital marketing agency based in Leeds, UK. He has 21 years’ experience in web design + development, content production and publishing.

With a specialism in video games and iGaming, his research has been published in industry publications including EGR and iGB Affiliate. In 2023, Chris was a guest speaker at the Prague Gaming & Tech Summit, advising delegates on best technical SEO practices.

Prior to working in the marketing industry, Chris was a freelance journalist whose work has been featured in publications including IGN, the Daily Star, Chelsea FC Online, the Yorkshire Evening Post, Gamespot, the Wrestling Observer and many more. He has been a lifelong gamer and owns an extensive retro games collection.



If you’re interested in writing for us (on a voluntary basis), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your CV and a brief covering letter via email at jobs@powerupgaming.co.uk. A passion for video gaming and a proficient knowledge of SEO copywriting is a must.

PRs & News Tips

We also welcome communications from game publishers and PRs – particularly with regards to review or preview opportunities for both mainstream and independent games. For enquiries of this nature, please contact press@powerupgaming.co.uk.

Editorial Queries / Corrections

If you have an issue with any of the content published on Power Up Gaming, please contact Chris Mawson directly at chrismawson@powerupgaming.co.uk.


Any general or advertising enquiries should be directed to info@powerupgaming.co.uk.