Machinima, a former global entertainment network that lasted nearly 20 years, is shuttering its doors for good. The news was confirmed this weekend, as per Deadline. The company ended up being acquired in 2016 by Warner Bros. and earlier this month, folded into Otter Media, with the last 81 employees being fired this weekend. Machinima has been producing content for decades, but really picked up steam when YouTube launched in 2006.
“A select number of Machinima employees remain with the company, which is now actively providing services to supercharge the combined portfolio of Otter Media,” a Machinima spokesperson said. “Machinima has ceased its remaining operations, which includes layoffs. Russell Arons remains with Machinima, and is assisting with transitional activities as she explores new opportunities.”
Late last month the entirety of the Machinima library was set to private on YouTube, costing hundred of content creators loss of access to their videos. Concole Creatures is a former partner of Machinima.
Hopefully Otter Media will open up access for those who wish to grab their videos and repost them on another video sharing website. Having all your hard work removed because of forces out of your control isn’t right.