If you’ve been playing video games for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Machinima. In the early 2000’s, they helped usher gaming video content onto the Internet, and greatly expanded into a huge gaming media network when YouTube arrived. Though now, after 19 years of operation, Machinima is sadly no more.

Machinima’s parent company, Otter Media, made the news public in a report to Deadline. The announcement comes in light of a number of recent changes to the company and its content. In 2016, they were acquired by WarnerMedia and then folded into WarnerMedia’s Otter Media at the beginning of 2019. Following this, Machinima’s entire YouTube catalogue was set to private and thus made it impossible for fans to access any of their content.

The channel shutdown has resulted in 81 layoffs within the company. A spokesperson confirmed what would come next. The representative stated, “A select number of Machinima employees remain with the company, which is now actively providing services to supercharge the combined portfolio of Otter Media.” The representative also noted that Russell Arons will remain in charge of Machinima and help its remaining employees transition to work with Otter Media.

With the loss of Machinima, the channel’s video content may also be gone for good. Machinima worked with a number of creators to bring a wealth of content over the years, so if it’s YouTube channel truly is permanently gone, gamers will be losing a huge legacy of video content.

Do you have any fond memories watching Machinima videos over the years? Share us some of your favorite memories or tell us about your favorite videos in the comments.

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