Major Layoffs Hit GameSpot's Editorial Team

July 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: A CBS Interactive representative tells us that more than two people remain on GameSpot's U.S. editorial team, and that Eddie Makuch, a member of GameSpot's news team, is still with the company - he works out of the company's East Coast office. Crave Online reports that Jess McDonell, Danny O’Dwyer, Justin Haywald, Chris Watters, and Kevin VanOrd still work for GameSpot as of this writing. Justin Calvert, Carolyn Petit, Tom McShea, Maxwell McGee, Benito Gonzalez, Ryan MacDonald, and Wernher Goff were laid off, according to the report.

Orignal Story: GameSpot has laid off an unspecified number of writers today, according to tweets from several former employees and published reports on MCV and GamesIndustry International.

GameSpot is owned by CBS Interactive, a division of CBS. It also operates GiantBomb, GameFAQs, and onGamers. There's no indication (as of this writing) that layoffs have affected CBS Interactive's other game-related publications.

Former GameSpot reviewer Carolyn Petit broke the news via a series of tweets this afternoon.

"Today was my last day at GameSpot. It was a dream to work there, and I'm very proud of the work I did," Petit wrote on Twitter.

"I walk out alongside some colleagues I am honored and privileged to have worked with. And I will miss working with everyone at GS so much."

Tom Mc Shea also tweeted this afternoon that today was his last day at the publication:

"Today was my last at GameSpot. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to work with the last six years," he wrote.

A subsequent report from GII, citing an unnamed GameSpot representative, revealed that the layoffs impacted a "few" staffers, though specific numbers were not disclosed.

"GameSpot did some shifting of internal resources as part of our long-term content and user engagement strategy. A few positions were impacted," the rep GII.

A tweet by Kevin VanOrd, who managed to keep his job, noted that only one other member of the editorial staff still has a job in the U.S: Shaun McInnis.

Going by VanOrd's description it sounds like more than a "few" people were affected by today's layoffs.

We will have more on this story as it becomes available.

We wish all those affected by today's round of layoffs best wishes and sincerely hope that all of them (who are very talented and passionate writers) find employment as soon as possible.


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Re: Major Layoffs Hit GameSpot's Editorial Team

A CBS Interactive representative tells us that more than two people remain on GameSpot's U.S. editorial team.

More than 2? If the number of retained employees is that low, why not just give the exact count? 3 is more than 2 but still a low number. Is it more than 3? Less than 5? What?

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Must of gave a game a bad review

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Yeah, how about we DON'T joke about something like that?

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Re: Major Layoffs Hit GameSpot's Editorial Team

I don't think Jeff Gerstmann was laughing when it happened to him, nor was the entity that operates CES amused with CBS' direct intervention into CNET's editorial process.

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Re: Major Layoffs Hit GameSpot's Editorial Team

Why? Gamespot is notorious for forcing through high review scores in the name of retaining advertisers.

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Because people DO get fired over something like that, it's not funny to see someone lose their job over something so trivial as a game score. Same as it's not funny that people don't get their bonuses because they didn't make a certain score on MetaCritic.

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You're right. It's not funny when someone loses their job. However, it is a completely valid observation in this case given Gamespot's history.

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And you're right as well, it is an valid observation. But not one to make jokes at the expense of the reviewers. The only person in this situation that should be made fun of, are the higher ups in Gamespot/CBS/ETC who condone that kind of practice, not the people who are being forced to do their whim.

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The only person in this situation that should be made fun of, are the higher ups in Gamespot/CBS/ETC who condone that kind of practice

How is it not a joke aimed at those higher ups?

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Gamespot can not write enough good reviews to save itself from a fate worse than death.

 

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Re: Major Layoffs Hit GameSpot's Editorial Team

We are in a time were if you are not a top teir writer you most likely will not be able to keep your job. The e era of basically publishing publisher press releases is over. Most visitor want video based content, and if the writer can not write article at the level of some one like Patrick Klepek the ods of a writer staying in this industry is small. YouTube is eating the games press's lunch, so they need to learn to video edit or lose their jobs. 

Sorry for the rant I know I was a bit harsh.

 
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