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Game Informer staff “surprised” by lay offs

Seven staffers behind the legacy publication, Game Informer, has been laid off due to their parent’s company reboot. For the past year, warning signs reared their ugly heads. Earlier this year, the publication’s Australian division was shut down by their owner, EB Games. This was all, however, tied to their global owner, GameStop.

The lay offs were, according to former senior associate editor Kyle Hilliard, both surprising and heartbreaking. The publication’s editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara vaguely addressed the now-all-too-confirmed layoffs Tuesday. But, a more official statement was released Wednesday.

The letter to the community name dropped the seven which included Matt Bertz, managing editor for about 13 years. Senior associate editor Jeff Marchiafava was also on the chopping block.

Groups like Fanbyte claimed to be open to hiring some of the affected staffers. Jeremy Hambly also express a willingness to bring on former Game Informer staffers for his project, Exclusively Games.

The letter came with a note from GameStop which explained their already announced initiative.

As part of the previously announced GameStop Reboot initiative to transform our business for the future and improve our financial performance, we can confirm a workforce reduction was implemented impacting more than 120 corporate staff positions, representing approximately 14% of our total associate base at our company headquarters as well as at some other offices.

McNamara’s letter went on showing that GameStop called it necessary to “reduce costs”.

While these changes are difficult, they 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. We recognize that this is a difficult day for our company and particularly for those associates impacted. We appreciate their dedication and service to GameStop and are committed to supporting them during this time of transition.

Many of the people who have lost their positions seem saddened, but not like they are in a financial crisis or anything. With all the experience they’ve acquired and the general favorablity that Game Informer has, they likely won’t have to wait long for their next job to come around.