Update: Machinima Lays Off Nearly 10% of Staff

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Update: Machinima Lays Off Nearly 10% of Staff

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Machinima.com Editor-in-Chief Rob Smith calls laying off nearly two dozen employees "growing pains."

Machinima.com, a Youtube channel with a focus on gaming and geek culture media, laid off 23 of its 200 employees today. Speaking with Joystiq, Editor-in-Chief Rob Smith confirmed this, stating that those laid off were from the programming and production departments. Calling the firings "growing pains," Smith stated, "Machinima has grown a lot in a short amount of time. We had to look at the business, look at where we're focusing."

Former Machinima editorial manager Bill Shibley broke the news on Twitter earlier today, and was echoed by Justin Fassino.

Though the channel's editorial department was hit, Rob Smith assured Joystiq that "we are still doing editorial coverage in a slightly different way." He also mentioned that Machinima.com currently has fifteen open positions. Though that's probably no consolation to the 23 who just lost their jobs, here's hoping they land on their feet quickly.

Update: Joystiq has an official statment from Machinima: "Today Machinima underwent a reorganization to address its global growth, and this process unfortunately resulted in layoffs. Less than 10% of Machinima's workforce was affected. Also as part of the restructure Machinima is hiring across key divisions including Sales, Marketing and Product."

Source: Joystiq

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fires 32, hires 15. logic?

maybe they can apply again with another set of skills

Well that sucks. Somehow I can imagine RoosterTeeth picking them up. They're good people.

Great. Maybe we'll be free of their thieving hands on YouTube.

Well that seems a bit shitty to fire 23 employees all less than 2 weeks before Christmas.

I'll echo your statements and hope they find other jobs soon.

EDIT: Judging what was said in the update

"We've fired people in the useful departments, to hire people in the "Sell you shit" departments.

We have 15 jobs available, come and have exciting career with us, not you, you're fired, get out of here dead-wood,'
Way to stay classy Machinima.com.

Terminate421:
Well that sucks. Somehow I can imagine RoosterTeeth picking them up. They're good people.

They are, but Burnie Burns is notoriously careful with 'his' money, can't see them taking on anyone just to be nice.

I hope this doesn't affect Freeman's Mind. That's my favorite thing to bear the Machinima logo.

P.S. Thanks

Is that the same Rob Smith that used to be with PC Gamer? Glad he's still sticking around - always loved his work.

It always surprises me when companies can employees in the most undignified way possible. You'd think that someone over there would give them a couple minutes to blast off an e-mail letting them know they're no longer with the company. And just before Christmas, no less!

I really liked Billy, too. Shame.

Ouch. I recognized both of those names right off the bat. Kinda hard to see them go. Of course, I'm not surprised about the gracelessness that Machinima.com has had as of late. In the interest of expansion they've abandoned some core principles that made the company great in the first place. Nowadays it's rarely about actual machinima and more about trailers, top ten lists, live action series, and news updates, which would all be fine and dandy if they still supported their director's program as much as did in the past, but now they've made it ridiculously complicated to even try and get one of your videos aired. I've got many friends in the machinima community, and most of them haven't had any of their stuff aired in two years.

Firing 23 of 200 employees apparently affects less than 10% of your workforce.

MATH.

So, Youtube channels use legalese and PR-speak, as well as undergo "reorganizations to affect global growth"? Something changed while I wasn't looking, because this sounds like how Goldman Sachs fires people before Christmas.

Yesterday was Bill Shibley last day at Machinima.com

Covarr:
I hope this doesn't affect Freeman's Mind. That's my favorite thing to bear the Machinima logo.

Seconded. Is this why there hasn't been an update in a while? Hope not, that's the main reason I even look at the Machinima page...

Weird, I get that they might fire some guys that did barely anything in the depths of the office but Billy Shibley was a know face on that channel. Machinima was ok when it was about actual machinima, now there is only IGD and All Your History, their other channels just seem to spam videos with gameplay of multiplayer games

CrazyGirl17:

Covarr:
I hope this doesn't affect Freeman's Mind. That's my favorite thing to bear the Machinima logo.

Seconded. Is this why there hasn't been an update in a while? Hope not, that's the main reason I even look at the Machinima page...

There hasn't been an update because he was working on a video in Source Filmmaker (now released: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBbuOUiSV3o) that took much longer than expected due to issues using Filmmaker.

Anyway, I doubt Freeman's Mind would stop even if he was removed from the payroll - he can now make money by selling his own merchandise (including T-shirts now). Anyway, if Freeman's Mind is all you're interested in, you might be better off checking his own site at Accursed Farms instead - he does give rare updates if something is taking a lot longer than planned.

Can the guys who produce shit and hire some marketing... spells out what Machinima is all about really.

Tohron:

CrazyGirl17:

Covarr:
I hope this doesn't affect Freeman's Mind. That's my favorite thing to bear the Machinima logo.

Seconded. Is this why there hasn't been an update in a while? Hope not, that's the main reason I even look at the Machinima page...

There hasn't been an update because he was working on a video in Source Filmmaker (now released: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBbuOUiSV3o) that took much longer than expected due to issues using Filmmaker.

Anyway, I doubt Freeman's Mind would stop even if he was removed from the payroll - he can now make money by selling his own merchandise (including T-shirts now). Anyway, if Freeman's Mind is all you're interested in, you might be better off checking his own site at Accursed Farms instead - he does give rare updates if something is taking a lot longer than planned.

Ah thanks, I was wondering about that (and maybe I'll take a look at that new video)... and possibly his site as well. I'd buy a Freeman's Mind T-shirt, though...

Azuaron:
Firing 23 of 200 employees apparently affects less than 10% of your workforce.

MATH.

Not their fault, 120% of the statistics department was just laid off.

Terminate421:
Well that sucks. Somehow I can imagine RoosterTeeth picking them up. They're good people.

I can see them doing that too actually. Seriously that sucks for those fired, I mean it's so close to Christmas and this happens. Plus with the update that makes no sense at all. Kinda glad I'm not trying to go with a partnership with Machinima. ^.^

Neronium:

Terminate421:
Well that sucks. Somehow I can imagine RoosterTeeth picking them up. They're good people.

I can see them doing that too actually. Seriously that sucks for those fired, I mean it's so close to Christmas and this happens. Plus with the update that makes no sense at all. Kinda glad I'm not trying to go with a partnership with Machinima. ^.^

do you even need one?

Evil Smurf:

Neronium:

Terminate421:
Well that sucks. Somehow I can imagine RoosterTeeth picking them up. They're good people.

I can see them doing that too actually. Seriously that sucks for those fired, I mean it's so close to Christmas and this happens. Plus with the update that makes no sense at all. Kinda glad I'm not trying to go with a partnership with Machinima. ^.^

do you even need one?

I'd be nice as I'd get revenue, but after hearing this I don't think it would be wise to go with them. I'll keep trying for GA. ^.^

rhizhim:
fires 32, hires 15. logic?

maybe they can apply again with another set of skills

Maybe they can apply again with the same set of skills and the willingness to work for a lower wage. 9 times out of 10 that is what that means.

I would've hated if they had fired someone that I cared about. Still not a good thing to get fired this near to Christmas, but I just couldn't stand Shibley.

Covarr:
I hope this doesn't affect Freeman's Mind. That's my favorite thing to bear the Machinima logo.

P.S. Thanks

Machinima's staff is the people that work at Machinima, like those named here. But Freeman's Mind is one of many shows that come from Machinima partners, which is a different thing.

Terminate421:
Well that sucks. Somehow I can imagine RoosterTeeth picking them up. They're good people.

I could see that as well, but the only problem is that Rooster Teeth is not that big a company employee-wise. The last I heard the number of employees that they have numbered around 43. They really just do not need a ton more people working there. Maybe they would take in one or two, but not all twenty-three.

How can they be fired immediately without any prior warning? I suppose they didn't have employee protections of the sort to require any lead-up to the decision taking effect?

Andy Shandy:
Well that seems a bit shitty to fire 23 employees all less than 2 weeks before Christmas.

That's when a lot of layoffs take place. New year coming up, they want to end the year with a positive outlook, and nothing frees up money for the new year like not having to pay 20 people a living wage. Yes, it pillages long-term survival and quality for short-term gains, but that's how much of the stock market works.

This is more for publicly traded companies where bonuses are tied to end-of-year projections, though.

I can't say Machinima is even on my radar as far as youtube channels go, but it really sucks to be fired for something that isn't your fuck up right in the middle of that time of year where the northern hemisphere dwellers generally prefer to have the heat on, and shelter.

I don't mean to belittle something like this, but why is it anytime when people get layed off it's inherently newsworthy?

I'm saying this now- firing people before Christmas is one thing, but if they fired Two Best Friends- I am going to unsubscribe Machinima. I love those guys, the funniest guys I know who play games or let's play period. I'd even start a petition to support the guys in getting their show to continue running ... yeah I like them that much. Poor employees though being fired like that, and for Machinima to have 15 new positions. Seems like a crappy tactic and cheap one.

Shame really. I always liked Machinima, they put out some great content. Hopefully things like Two Best Friends Play and Freemans Mind won't be affected.

Those bastards fired Matt Dannevik! Matt and Adam are like the dream duo :(

Can't say I really followed Machinima once they shifted their focus to things that several other websites already do, with trailers and the like.

I know it's a sensible marketing decision, but jeez, talk about snuffing your niche market focus.

Adam Jensen:
Those bastards fired Matt Dannevik! Matt and Adam are like the dream duo :(

They fired Dannevik? Wow... IGD is going to be very weird without him.
I really dug his distracted stoner style of presenting, him and Kovack (orhoweveruspellit) were an excellent double act imo.

So firing guys like that and hiring, sales, product and marketing eh?

Sounds like somebody is prepping to sell out... Machinima is going down the mtv route, tbh I can't remember the last time I actually watched some machinima on Machinima.

Probably planning to replace all their presenters with "hot gamer chicks". >.>

Machinima hasn't been good in my eyes for a looooong time.
They used to be fun/funny, now there is too much shit to sift through, and their IG has just gotten way to out of hand. Why do you need an episode every day? twice a week was absolutely fine- and I really liked it best when they did it once a week so they could try to engage in comedy along with it.

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