Find out how to kick start your games industry career

Get Your Free Ticket Today

Defy Media lays off staff at gaming sites

The Escapist, GameTrailers, and GameFront all lose headcount but avoid shutdown

Defy Media has cut staff across its gaming websites. In a post on The Escapist forums today, the site's general manager Alexander Macris confirmed that "several" employees at his site and Defy-owned sister sites GameTrailers and GameFront had been let go.

"We made some tough decisions yesterday that impacted several staffers from The Escapist, GameTrailers, and GameFront," Macris said. "The contributions of the talented writers and editors we had to let go will definitely be missed. However, all of the properties are continuing to serve the gamer audience going forward. Here at The Escapist, Josh Vanderwall, the managing editor under Greg Tito, will be taking over as the new editor-in-chief. Look for his first editor's note, re-introducing himself to you all, later today."

In a post on TwitLonger, Tito confirmed he was no longer The Escapist's editor-in-chief, adding that due to budget cuts at Defy, "a large number of my colleagues have also been let go."

It's been a difficult year for many in the gaming press. The last 12 months have seen layoffs at GameSpot, Polygon, Future Publishing (on multiple occasions, with the Official Nintendo Magazine and CVG among the casualties), and Machinima. This also marks the second round of layoffs for GameTrailers, which already endured cuts just days after Defy Media announced that it had acquired the site last June.

If you have jobs news to share or a new hire you want to shout about, please contact us on

Find out how to kick start your games industry career

Get Your Free Ticket Today

More stories

Faze Clan goes public with $1bn valuation

Merger with special purpose acquisition company estimated to bring in $291 million to fuel growth

By Danielle Partis

Sony patent would let viewers vote or pay to remove players from games

Viewers could be allowed to pay individually, as a group, or by bidding in an auction to get a player removed

By Marie Dealessandri

Latest comments

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.