Otter Media blocks all Machinima content on YouTube

Parent company says new Machinima content will be "distributed on new channels" to be announced later this year

Machinima has effectively pulled its entire catalogue of video content from the internet, as part of a strategic shift under owners Otter Media.

All content on the Machinima YouTube channel has been made private, making it impossible for the public to view. Kotaku received a statement from Otter Media, which implied that Machinima would continue to produce content.

"We are focused on creating new content with the Machinima team, which will be distributed on new channels to be announced in the coming months," the statement said.

"In the meantime the Machinima network of creator channels continues to showcase the talents of the network. As part of this focus on new content, we have pivoted from distributing content on a handful of legacy operated channels."

Machinima was acquired by Warner Media in November 2016. Warner was subsequently bought by AT&T in June 2018, and Machinima was moved under the AT&T owned Otter Media brand in December of the same year -- per Variety. That restructuring also involved 10% of Otter Media's staff being made redundant.

Earlier this month, certain Machinima creators -- Kotaku highlighted this video from Maximilian Dood -- were let go, while others were moved to another Otter Media brand, Fullscreen.

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Otter Media is probably renaming Machinima and it other channels...Discovery done similar thing in the past. And Crunchyroll is #1 in anime, Rooster Teeth is a premier digital media company, VRV is the next big thing in aggregating content, Fullscreen is the 21st Century Talent and Brand agency, and then there are events like RTX, CRX, Anime Awards, LP Live. The reason AT&T which co-founded the entity bought it fully for $1 billion (and hopefully it pays off ten fold).
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Dillan Gandhi Media Consultant A year ago
This truly sucks for their network of creators. Even if it all gets republished on a new WarnerMedia-owned platform, it effectively means hitting reset on all impact and engagement. I also imagine the vast majority of content will never again see the light of day, due to copyright and new guidelines. That all said, I'm excited to see what they do with the brand. It has potential to be more than just another geeky YouTube channel.
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