"I just found out I am no longer employed," tweeted Machinima.com editorial manager Bill Shibley. He added shortly after, "Along with many of my friends."
Machinima employee Justin Fassino tweeted around the same time: "Effective immediately I am no longer at Machinima. Would love to send an official email with my contact info but they took my computer."
Other employees are also reporting they've been let go. We've reached out to Machinima.com for an official comment.
Update: We got in touch with Machinima Editor-in-Chief Rob Smith, who told us that 23 people of the company's 200 staff were let go today across programming and production (editorial).
"This is growing pains. Machinima has grown a lot in a short amount of time. We had to look at the business, look at where we're focusing," Smith told us. "It has hit the editorial group, but we are still doing editorial coverage in a slightly different way."
Smith stressed that Machinima.com would continue to have editorial content. He also mentioned that the company currently has 15 job openings.
Update 2: Machinima has released an official statement: "Today Machinima underwent a reorganization to address its global growth, and this process unfortunately resulted in layoffs. Less than 10% of Machinima's workforce was effected. Also as part of the restructure Machinima is hiring across key divisions including Sales, Marketing and Product."