Sunday February 03, 2019

Machinima Is Shutting Down, With 81 Staffers Laid Off

Deadline has learned that Machinima’s legacy has come to an end. The gaming network’s shuttering was already hinted at two weeks ago when its entire YouTube catalog was taken offline, but a statement from a company spokesperson has confirmed Machinima is officially no more. 81 employees have been laid off, while a few others were lucky enough to stay on with WarnerMedia’s Otter Media, which will continue to oversee other media properties such as CrunchyRoll and Rooster Teeth.

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Machinima’s history dates to 2000, when launched as a resource for those making videos using video game assets as their medium. It grew substantially with the advent of YouTube in the middle of the decade, and evolved into a major multi-channel network spotlighting dozens of creators with hundreds of thousands of subscribers each. Machinima was also home to major original series such as Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.