I am currently in the process of creating a gaming network, but there are 2 things I'm wondering about.
If I were to run multiple games, is it generally a good idea to give every game it's own seperate forum, each managed by an administrator? -or is it better to create sub-forums, and just keep all of the forums on one, long page?
Also, about the website. Do you think the websites should keep the same lay-out when released under the same network name?
Thank you for your time, any response is very much apreciated.
This question is quite subjective, so it's not very easy to answer. In the end it's really up to you.
I suggest you check out other game / game forum sites for your research and maybe post some questions to ask its members.
Also branding is important even if you do different sites and same lay-out is important for usability.
Fizzy is a great example, they are an Australian startup that has been running for a few years and they are doing quite well. Their key selling points are:
I've met the guys and they are passionate about what they do, I think this is the key. They actually want to make a better gaming experience, not just another game site.