GameStop Has Reportedly Cut Staff From Game Informer
Update (8:35 PM ET): GameStop explained in a statement that Tuesday’s layoffs at both Game Informer and GameStop “were necessary to reduce costs and better align the organization with our efforts to optimize the business to meet our future objectives and success factors.” According to the statement, over 120 employees were laid off on Tuesday.
“We recognize that this is a difficult day for our company and particularly for those associates impacted,” the statement also read. “We appreciate their dedication and service to GameStop and are committed to supporting them during this time of transition.” This news article has been updated with this statement in mind.
Several Game Informer staff members were laid off on Tuesday and the media outlet’s owner, GameStop, says these layoffs are needed “to reduce costs” in order to “optimize” GameStop’s business. The games retailer has been struggling financially in recent months.
As of writing, seven staff members have been laid off. Five of them were associate editors Elise Favis, Javy Gwaltney, Suriel Vasquez, Kyle Hilliard, and Jeff Marchiafava. Two other editors, Imran Khan and Matt Bertz, were also laid off.
In response to the layoffs and the support that laid off staff were receiving online, Game Informer’s editor-in-chief Andy McNamara tweeted, “I appreciate all the love. I see it. I feel it. I am trying to get things right with my people. I love Game Informer, its people and its readers more than any corporation could, and I will address all the issues when I can, but for now I need to focus on my GI family.”
This isn’t the first time this year that Game Informer has been hit with layoffs. Back in April, the outlet’s Australia office shut down and its staff were let go.
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