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G4 (first era)
2002–2004, February-May 2005
G4 (second era)
In late 2012, G4's studio programming was ceased in preparation for its relaunch as the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013, as part of a licensing deal with Hearst Corporation, owner of Esquire magazine. However, on September 9 the same year, news broke that NBCUniversal would instead replace Style with Esquire Network, leaving G4 "as is for the foreseeable future, though it's highly unlikely the company will invest in more original programming".
With G4 slowly winding down operations, syndication rights to shows such as Cops, Heroes, and Lost ended at the end of August with the new television season, leaving G4 to only air repeats of their original series beginning on September 1, 2014. G4 shut down all operations on December 31, with its Canadian version shutting down in September 2017.
On July 24, 2020, the Twitter accounts of G4TV and G4's Attack of the Show! and X-Play - two popular shows on the network - reactivated to post a teaser video of a G4 revival in some form. The teaser included a number of references to the running jokes from the network's shows, & ending with an old-school television set playing on a game of Pong as a running gag with the game not actually ending with the original channel's closing, before being interrupted by the appearance of the G4 logo, the date 2021, and the slogan "We never stopped playing" (meaning for the ongoing Pong game). IGN, the game and entertainment publication owned by j2 Global's Ziff Davis, also posted a version of the video two minutes before the G4 account did. The teasers were timed for Comic-Con@Home, the first virtual streaming edition of the San-Diego Comic-Con International.
On November 24, 2020, prior to the Very Special G4 Holiday Reunion Special and the Thanksgiving "Gravython" livestream event hosted on the official YouTube channel (the former premiering on TV three nights later on Syfy), a refined version of the 2005 logo was released for the rebooted network, with the wordmark being redrawn slightly thicker and a few bumps removed.
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