Online Network Behind Sonic for Hire Series Hit with Layoffs

Machinima Cuts More than 10% of Workforce Machinima.com, best known in community as the site and Youtube network behind the humorous Sonic for Hire series, cut a chunk of its […]

Machinima Cuts More than 10% of Workforce

Machinima.com, best known in community as the site and Youtube network behind the humorous Sonic for Hire series, cut a chunk of its workforce today.

The site’s editor-in-chief told Joystiq 23 of the company’s 200 positions were eliminated, mainly in the editorial division.  Fifteen job openings remain there.

For the moment, it does not appear the layoffs will have an impact on production of Sonic for Hire, which is made by the third-party team of LowBrow Studios.  In this particular case, it appears Machinima.com acts more as a publisher and distributor than anything else.  Currently, the sprite-animated short is in its fifth season, and is seen regularly by more than 100,000 people a week on Youtube.