Machinima, the YouTube network, has reported that it has laid off 23 of its employees, which is less than 10 percent of its total workforce, according to Joystiq. The layoffs are due to the company restructuring. People in the editorial division were let go and Machinima has 15 job openings in its Sales, Marketing and Product divisions.
"This is growing pains. Machinima has grown a lot in a short amount of time. We had to look at the business, look at where we're focusing," said Machinima Editor-in-Chief Rob Smith, speaking with Joystiq. "It has hit the editorial group, but we are still doing editorial coverage in a slightly different way."
"Today Machinima underwent a reorganization to address its global growth, and this process unfortunately resulted in layoffs," said an official statement released by the company. "Less than 10% of Machinima's workforce was effected. Also as part of the restructure Machinima is hiring across key divisions including Sales, Marketing and Product."
The news first broke on Twitter by several employees who were let go. "I just found out I am no longer employed," tweeted Machinima.com editorial manager Bill Shibley.
"Effective immediately I am no longer at Machinima," said justin Fassino. "Would love to send an official email with my contact info but they took my computer."