BACK in the early days of YouTube and the popularity of gaming rising, there was one group that stood above most. That group being Machinima. Under the banner of being an “MCN” or “multi-channel network”, the company provided some income and a large platform for smaller creators.

A lot of channels have split off from the MCN, though, such as Grognak-lover and avid Sim torturer CallMeKevin and the controversial commentator, Pyrocynical. Though there were also many channels who had been partnered with them and were still partnered during this .

Almost every video put onto Machinima’s channel, which boasts over 12.3 million subscribers, has been set to private. Otter Media, subsidiary of AT&T and the new parent of Machinima, has gone on record in a 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.

Partnered channels were sent emails detailing Otter Media and Fullscreen, an MCN owned by their new parent.

A SAD DAY FOR YOUTUBE

YouTube goers will mourn this day. Of course, the internet will likely do what it does best and we’ll likely see Machinima videos show up out of nowhere.