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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Escapist HQ Shuttered - Majority of Staff Let Go

Forbes has an article on the current downsizing of The Escapist website staffing.

As for the move to Seattle, that will be under editor-in-chief Joshua Vanderwall, who appears to be the last man standing.

Quoting the Forbes article:
While Defy is calling the number of employees affected “small” my own source tells me that “Every full-time staff member has been laid off there, from editors to artists to the IT team.”
Damn shame.

For those wondering, yes, it's the same +Alexander Macris from Autarch. Hopefully they can keep paying the bills and rebound in the future.


9 comments:

  1. Why can't this happen to EnWorld?

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    1. I suspect ENWorld has much lower overhead. As far as I know their only full time staff is Morrus

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    2. er, that was the question, right?

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    3. I agree, Fire Umbran 2k16 petition must go out.

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    4. RPG.net is still a thing while we are at it...

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    5. Why would we want it to happen? If Enworld folds then I'm pretty much entirely dependent on Erik for gaming news. And Erik's cool and all, but a bit biased in what he reports on (i.e. I'll eventually conclude that all gaming is OSR/S&W/White Star and nothing else).

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  2. Am I reading these comments right? You're wishing for people to lose their jobs, just because you happen not to like the outlets they work for?

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    1. It certainly says something, doesn't it.

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  3. The Escapist never really recovered from the weird impact gamergate had on it....I grew to really dislike the endless flow of negativity over on the site so while it's really a shame people lost their jobs, maybe whatever survives will be more interesting and positive; got enough interwebs negativity already.

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