It’s a dark day for Texas-based media company Rooster Teeth; on Sept. 12, the company announced they have let go 13 percent of the company.
Rooster Teeth was founded in 2003, beginning life with the production of the Red vs. Blue web series. Red vs. Blue is one of the first viral machinima shows, as the series used in-game footage of the Halo series to create a completely original story and characters. Rooster Teeth will eventually create completely original animated shows, leading into the creation of the viral RWBY web series. They also have done a live-action movie called Lazer Team, and most recently they just released their latest original animated show, Gen:Lock.
On Sept. 12, CEO and co-founder of Rooster Teeth, Matt Hullum, released a journal entry on the official Rooster Teeth website. Hullum shared the unfortunate news that the company has laid off 13 percent of the total staff. Given the number of total employees, the estimated amount of employees that were let go is around 50.
In 2014, Rooster Teeth was acquired by Fullscreen Media. Fullscreen would eventually become a part of Otter Entertainment, which is owned by WarnerMedia. Otter Entertainment also suffered from major layoffs late last year. At the time, it didn’t seem as Rooster Teeth was affected by Otter’s layoffs.
Hullum’s journal entry ends with him thanking all the employees that were let go, and wishing them the best. To read the full journal entry, click here.
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