Gamers want to read about video games and interesting content. You know, follow and catch up on things that got gamers gaming in the first place? Well, as of now, GameInformer and its parent company GameStop (GameStop Corp.) have laid off a significant amount of staff in an attempt to not go broke, despite being woke.
Since gamers want to read about the ever-growing hobby that has brought several great things to the table, many people that crave video games aren’t getting the same love reciprocated through mainstream outlets like GameInformer and GameStop.
The two websites are more inclined to give their readers and gamers a fistful of social justice and writeups that collude with other like-minded woke narratives that are anti-gamer.
With the sociopolitical agenda outlined in several of the two websites’ hit pieces, many readers leave in droves much like what happens to anything that gets woke and goes broke.
And there’s no difference here with GameInformer and GameStop. According to website gamesindustry.biz (2), GameInformer and GameStop have laid off quite a few people, which signifies bad omens ahead for the company.
The first piece by Brendan Sinclair detailing GameInformer’s mass layoff sits below:
“West coast news editor Imran Khan, senior associate editor Kyle Hilliard, and associate editor Suriel Vazquez all posted on Twitter that they had been let go. Another laid off employee posted on a private social media account that they had lost their job along with “many” others.
[…] Update: Game Informer managing editor Matt Bertz has confirmed that he was also among those laid off.”
The second piece by Rebekah Valentine detailing GameStop’s mass layoff reads:
“[…] It appears GameStop has eliminated a total of 120 positions across its headquarters, various offices, and the publication.
Forbes reports that this represents approximately 14% of the company’s total workforce removed in a move GameStop says is to “reduce costs and better align the organization with our efforts to optimize the business to meet our future objectives and success factors.”
Though details are murky about how much of Game Informer was affected, writers Elise Favis, Kyle Hilliard, Imran Khan, Jeff Marchiafava, Suriel Vazquez, Matthew Bertz, and Javy Gwaltney have confirmed on social media platforms that their positions were eliminated today.”
The second piece closes out by saying, “GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to both GameStop and Game Informer for comment.” As of this writing, the two publication sites have not responded to said query.
In the meantime, here’s a list of factual tweets confirming the above reports on GameInformer and GameStop’s broke moment:
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
While I’m on fucking vacation.
— Jeff Marchiafava (@GIJeffM) August 20, 2019
Today GameStop informed me that I don’t work at Game Informer anymore. I was very proud to manage and work alongside that incredible team of editors, designers, writers, podcasters, programmers, videographers, and gamers. They will always be fam to me.
— mattbertz (@mattbertz) August 20, 2019
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
We’ll keep you posted if GameStop or GameInformer provides a statement as to why the mass layoff is in motion — although it’s obvious why.
(Thanks for the news tip Blaugast)