Machinima is no more.
This past weekend, the YouTube channel giant who was the hub for video games, recent animated Transformers Prime Wars trilogy (Power of the Primes being the finale to it all), and the spot for Justice League: Gods and Monsters shorts set their ENTIRE library to private and blindsided even those working for the company. The move was first reported by Kotaku, who followed the story all the way to when a statement was released (more on that later).
How did this happen? Earlier last year, the company was folded into Otter Media (which also owns Rooster Teeth Productions and Crunchy Roll) following Warner Bros. (Machinima's parent company) being taken over by AT&T. This all happened just last month, where some creators from the site were either let go or transferred to Fullscreen, another media company that Otter Media owns.
Once it was reported by Kotaku people took to Twitter to lament over the end of an era with #RIPMachinima trending this past weekend. Cut to a few hours after the realization when Otter Media sent this statement to Kotaku:
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.
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.
Sounds like we ain't ever getting that old content back don't it? Not to mention a bit of a nonanswer.