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.
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.