Rooster Teeth Lays Off 50 People Amid Restructure

Image: Talent Shot @ Xbox Panel, RTX Sydney 2017

Rooster Teeth, the gaming juggernaut which began with Red vs Blue before becoming a media enterprise of its own, has reportedly laid off around 50 staffers, approximately 13 percent of its staff.

Variety reported that the internal layoffs were announced company-wide in a memo to staff, which cited Otter Media CEO and Rooster Teeth co-founder Matt Hullum saying that the group needed to reduce the company's headcount to meet financial targets.

"This decision is not reflective of anyone’s individual performance, and we’re thankful for all that our former colleagues have contributed. We will be doing everything we can to ease their transition, including helping them find their next opportunities," Hullum said in the memo, which Variety reposted in full here.

It's the second time in two years that Rooster Teeth has undergone layoffs, with 10 percent of staff being made redundant in 2018 after a reorganisation at Otter Media, Rooster Teeth's parent company. The reshuffle saw Machinima fall under Otter Media's umbrella.

Rooster Teeth is most well known for Red vs Blue and RWBY, the first Western anime to be distributed in Japan, as well as their ongoing content for Achievement Hunter, the RT podcast, ongoing live shows, the Lazer Team films, documentaries and various webseries, including Immersion which recently made its TV debut in the United States. Gen:LOCK, whose main star is voiced by Michael B. Jordan, also published on the Rooster Teeth channel at the beginning of the year, before getting a wider distribution through Cartoon Network in the US.


Comments

    Well that's one way to avoid paying overtime

    On a more serious note, I've been losing interest more and more in RT. Everything had become very samey. Nothing new or different was being done. I used to watch AH but they became cringey and childish. Some FH members have repeatedly said some moronic things on Twitter and put me off watching them anymore.

    The company is sinking fast and needs a drastic change.

    Old roosterteeth from the height of the RvB days is long dead

    Even before otter bought them out, but especially after that, roosterteeth has just become another corporate content farm now

    Not that there is anything inherently bad about that, but dont expect roosterteeth to be its old wacky self, and more like a netflix in how it creates its own media now

    Still enjoy its achievment hunter content and some of its shows, but its shows are very different from what they used to make

    Much less random goofiness that came from their own atiitude and flavour and more focus group testing deciding what they make now

    Also they treat their animators like shit but thats common now sadly

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