Destructoid’s UK Staff Let Go Due To Financial Reasons
(Last Updated On: June 22, 2016)

Three writers for Destructoid have been let go. The three include Laura Dale, Joe Parlock and Vikki Blake.

Twitter user John Kelly tipped us off to the news, and according to MCV UK they’re reporting that the three writers from across the pond will have to make do elsewhere when it comes to paid work. MCV links to a post on Laura Dale’s Patreon page, where it was stated that…

“Our team being dismantled is apparently nothing to do with content quality of viewership of content, and due to seasonal financials and our team of three being the most recent additions to the salary payroll,”

You won’t find any obvious front page articles about the staff cuts on the Destructoid website, but users are expressing and giving their condolences to the writers that they’ve grown so fond of.

Some users said that it was sad that the trio of writers were fired from Destructoid, but Vikki Blake was quick to correct them, mentioning in the comment section of one article…

“Not fired – just let go. We’ve been told it’s nothing to do with our work, just one of those things. 🙁 Thank you for the support, though! <3”

Destructoid has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism over the past two years, starting especially when they came under fire for the involvement with the Game Journo Pros and the attempted blacklisting of former games journalist Allistair Pinsof, which is detailed over on Deep Freeze. Following the multi-part exposé, then editor-in-chief Dale North – the one who originally called for the blacklisting in the Game Journo Pros secret e-mail group – resigned.

Details about the scrubbing of articles on the Detstructoid database of former writer Holly Green also made headlines, and this was followed up by small kerfuffles then after, including the censoring of rape jokes on the forum, and articles that some readers felt were inflammatory by writer Jed Whitaker.

So far it appears as if the news about the U.K., writers being let go from Destructoid’s staff is a standalone event and doesn’t appear to be tied to anything other than the “seasonal financials”, as mentioned by the writers.

(Main image courtesy of Destructoid)


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