Machinima removes all videos from its YouTube channel

In a stunning and unexpected move, Machinima has removed over a decade's worth of video content from its YouTube channel.

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Machinima, one of the largest networks of YouTube video game content creators, has removed every video ever posted to its channel today. 

This move comes less than two months after Machinima became part of Otter Media. Crunchy Roll, Rooster Teeth, and VRV are some entities that fall under the Otter Media banner. Some of Machinima's creators were folded into Otter Media subsidiary Fullscreen's Creator division. 

Here is a copy of a letter from Beau Bryant, GM of Fullscreen's Creator division. 


Dear Machinima Creators -

As you may have heard, Machinima officially joined forces with Otter Media today to grow the company's expertise super-serving gamer and anime fan communities. As part of this, Fullscreen (part of the Otter Media portfolio of companies) will be welcoming employees from the Machinima Creator team whom have helped build that company into what it is today. As the General Manager of Fullscreen's Creator division, I want to be the first to welcome you to our family and let you know we are thrilled to have you as the newest members of our talent roster, which includes top gaming creators like TFue, Ninja, Faze Rug, PopularMMOs and many more.

Fullscreen was founded in 2011 with the mission of empowering creators like you. We are passionate about the gaming space, and together with the Machinima team we will provide you with more services, technology, and brand opportunities that will help ensure your success and sustainability as a creator.

As we begin this journey together, we want to assure you that we are going to great lengths "behind the scenes" to ensure a smooth and efficient transition. You will be hearing from us along the way. And if you have any questions in the meantime, you can email Vanessa at support@machinima.zendesk.com or support@fullscreen.com.

With you, Fullscreen is solidifying its position as the best provider of social video and talent management services for gaming creators around.


News of Machinima's YouTube channel's disappearance has spread all over social media with several former creators speaking out. Kotaku points out that the videos have been set to private, but there was absolutely no warning of this drastic move. 

While many creators have moved on from Machinima, fans are mourning the loss of over a decade of video game content today. This is the nature of the beast in video game content creation, and Machinima's merger into Otter Media is clearly causing collateral damage.

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