Machinima has laid off 23 employees from its programming and production departments, including editorial manager Billy Shibley and director of gaming programming Justin Fassino. While this is a blow to the editorial department, the YouTube channel will continue to have editorial content and is still hiring in the sales, marketing and product departments.
"This is growing pains. Machinima has grown a lot in a short amount of time. We had to look at the business, look at where we're focusing," said Machinima editor-in-chief Rob Smith. "It has hit the editorial group, but we are still doing editorial coverage in a slightly different way."