At least seven senior writers were laid off from Game Informer today with no prior warning. The legacy magazine, which once seemed to be an unshakable pillar of the gaming community, has apparently become a casualty of parent company GameStop's financial struggles. UPDATE: GameStop also laid off over 100 other employees at various corporate levels, according to Kotaku.
My position at Game Informer was eliminated today. Thank you to all the readers, the fans who have sent me nice messages over the years, my colleagues, and everyone in the industry who made me feel welcome. You all made this the best experience of my life.— Imran Khan (@imranzomg) August 20, 2019
The news broke on Twitter when several writers revealed that they had all been laid off today, much to their surprise and dismay. All 6 of these writers were either senior or associate editors at the magazine and prominent figures on the popular Game Informer Show podcast.
I was laid off this morning so today was my last at Game Informer. Thanks to everyone who's made this whole experience a blast over the years, let me know if you have leads on potential work, and unionize your workplace.— Suriel (@SurielVazquez) August 20, 2019
Earlier this month, GameStop laid off 50 employees in leadership positions in an effort to cut cost and keep their heads above water. GameStop shares have continued to drop, and many are speculating whether the company will survive. The Game Informer layoffs look to be another cost cutting measure by the company.
I was laid off from Game Informer this morning which was surprising and heartbreaking. Writing for the magazine gave me some of the best experiences of my life. I absolutely adore everyone I worked with and consider them genuine friends.— Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) August 20, 2019
Fans of the GI Show will recognize the names of the Game Informer staff that lost their positions today. Imran Kahn, Kyle Hilliard, Suriel Vasquez, Javy Gwaltney, Elise Favis, Jeff Marchiafava, and Matt Bertz have all confirmed to have been laid off. Editor-in-chief Andy McNamara has not commented explicitly on the lay offs yet, only tweeting out a solemn "..." in response.
I was laid off and today is my last day at Game Informer...along with a handful of colleagues. I'm heartbroken. I loved my work so much. But if you know of anywhere that's hiring, give me a heads up. Thanks to everyone who has read my words. <3— Elise Favis (@elisefavis) August 20, 2019
What this means for Game Informer and especially the GI show is unknown, these seven editors represent some of the top talent and most influential voices in the industry and their presence at Game Informer will most certainly be missed. If anyone is interested in joining our team, please reach out to Kayla.R@Valnetinc.com. We at TheGamer appreciate your work and would be proud to have any of you on our team.
Genuinely bummed to hear about the #gameinformer layoffs. Several friends of good friends were caught in that one. If any GI editors or writers are looking for work, I'm hiring. pic.twitter.com/O8V2bHfbpv— Ben Kendrick (@benkendrick) August 20, 2019