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Machinima lays off employees, halts operations following AT&T merger

Published: 3/Feb/2019 23:14 Updated: 3/Feb/2019 23:25

by Virginia Glaze


Multiplatform entertainment network Machinima has laid off nearly its entire staff, according to documents from California’s Employment Development Department.

The company permanently laid off a reported number of 81 employees two weeks ago, following its merger with AT&T’s Otter Media in late 2018.

This marks a major outflux of staffers, as Machinima’s previous employee count sat at around 100 workers.

The VergeMachinima partnered with Otter Media in 2018, which spurred a slew of major changes for the company.

Among the remaining employees is Machinima GM Russell Arons, who is “is assisting with transitional activities as she explores new opportunities,” as told by a spokesperson for the company.

The spokesperson claimed that “a select number of employees” will remain with Machinima, which has since “ceased its remaining operations” – including layoffs.

Machinima wiped its YouTube channel on January 19, prompting an outpouring of nostalgia amongst fans.

The spokesperson also stated that Machinima is currently “actively providing services to supercharge the combined portfolio of Otter Media,” which the company partnered with last year, resulting in the highly-criticized wiping of its historic YouTube channel on January 19.

Otter Media itself is arguing that Machinima has not shut down, but is rather “amplifying [Otter’s] focus on the gaming and anime community,” as told in a statement to Variety.

Digital TV EuropeOtter Media claims that Machinima is not shutting down, but will rather provide services for the company, instead.

Machinima itself was once the hub of YouTube’s gaming community, with over 12 million subscribers before its ultimate demise in January – which deleted over a decade’s worth of widely-beloved content.

Now, it appears that the company is taking a drastic turn, instead providing services to Otter Media, rather than creating content for a broad audience of consumers.


Stormzy drops ‘Rainfall’ music video in Watch Dogs, and it actually slaps

Published: 23/Oct/2020 2:14

by Isaac McIntyre


Stormzy has officially made his Watch Dogs Legion debut with the release of his ‘Rainfall’ music video, which was filmed entirely inside Ubisoft’s upcoming trilogy sequel and if we’re being honest, the whole thing is kind of awesome.

Every day another celebrity seems to find their way into the digital world. This year, Ninja and Aussie Twitch streamer Loserfruit were both added to Fortnite. Then, just last month, Dr Disrespect had a unique variant skin and themed ‘Arena’ map he designed released in Rogue Company.

Now it’s British grime rapper Stormzy’s turn, in Watch Dogs: Legion.

The rapper, 27, released a music video for his new single “Rainfall” on Thursday, Oct. 22, with a bit of a twist ⁠— the entire clip was filmed in Ubisoft’s upcoming sequel.

A digital Stormzy first appeared in a virtual studio, singing his new single. The scenery soon changed, however, and he was transported ⁠— all in-game ⁠— to the rooftops of London, where the new Watch Dogs sequel will mainly be taking place.

Here’s the new music video, featuring Tiana Major9, in all its glory.

This isn’t the only time Stormzy will be appearing in Watch Dogs Legion either. When the full Legion title drops on Oct. 29, players will get the chance to team-up with the grime rapper, or at least a virtual version of him, for an exclusive side-quest.

The mission, “Fall on My Enemies,” is a reference to Stomrzy’s lyrics in ‘Rainfall.’ 

When accepted, players will be tasked with “protecting the broadcast of the music video across the entire city.” Ubisoft has yet to confirm how long the mission will be, or whether it has any major bearing on the main Watch Dogs storyline.

Stormzy first revealed his collaboration back in September. He said, “You lot are about to have your minds blown. What [Ubisoft] have done in terms of recreating London is one of the most insane, epic, incredible things I’ve ever seen.”

Stormzy 'filmed' his entire Rainfall music video inside Watch Dogs: Legion.
YouTube: Stormzy
Stormzy ‘filmed’ his entire Rainfall music video inside Watch Dogs: Legion.

The Watch Dogs devs said they were “thrilled” to have Stormzy onboard. “His music and what he speaks to as an artist is extremely relevant for our London setting, and for the larger themes of our game. He lit up the room… it was a career highlight for us to get to work with him.”

Ubisoft has confirmed the exclusive Stormzy Rainfall mission will be available from day one in Watch Dogs Legion, and will require no additional DLC patches to play.

The Watch Dogs trilogy sequel will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on Thursday, October 29. The title will also be ported to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 when the next-gen consoles are released in late 2020.