I always thought I had bad timing. I had just finished one articled about an exciting announcement from Rooster Teeth only to hear moments later a bombshell of news regarding the Austin based media company. Matt Hullum CEO of Rooster Teeth (Voice of Sarge in Red vs Blue and a founder) had announced yesterday that the company had let go of 13% of its staff.
Rooster Teeth, as well as other online media companies like Crunchyroll, VRV and Full Screen, are all subsidiaries of Otter Media which then became part of WarnerMedia Entertainment. Late 2018 Otter Media announced a 10% percent layoff to its staff as part of a restructuring plan which at the time did not affect Rooster Teeth but as we can see it that wasn’t the case. Hullum went on to address the RT community by sharing an email sent to RT staff
“As discussed during your department meetings, our managers have adjusted their teams to meet the needs of our future. Our industry is evolving rapidly, and we have to evolve with it if we want to succeed. As we begin a new chapter, we have the opportunity to focus on what we do best: creating great content for our community and partners, supported by key lines of business including advertising, distribution, memberships, events, and e-commerce.”
Who was let Go?
Reports from Variety estimate around 50 layoffs out of the 420 employed at Rooster Teeth. Employees from all departments ranging from Editors, Artist, Designers, Producers, Writers were let go. Many went on to Twitter to announce their time at RT has concluded and thanked the company for the opportunity and experiences during their time there.
Times are Changing
These things happen as a company grows, But this marks a definite change from a company that was once just 6 guys in a spare bedroom. Speaking as a fan since high school, Rooster Teeth always felt like a tight-knit group with its community. Those leaving the company were not just employees they were fans. They grew up watching alongside other fans, were part of the growing community and eventually became part of something they loved. They may not be the faces of the company but fans will recognize them because they were one of us. As sad as it is to see them go Matt does go on to say RT will do everything they can help them transition and find new opportunities.
How do you feel about these changes? What do you think of Rooster Teeth moving forward? Share your thoughts and let us know in the comments below.