Recently Gamespot laid off a number of long time employees. It was a shake up that i surely didnt see coming and was sad to see. Yet, it was another, muted change that seems to have affected the website much more.
What happened to all the content?
The cancelling of all the daily live shows has left Gamespot empty and quiet. A website i visited every daily for longer than i can remember, i now find myself completely forgetting about it for days at a time. Then when i do click my bookmark......nothing. A few headlines that are mostly older or a piece of info that is summed up in a sentence. -- Amazon bought Twitch--- great. Enough said.
I understand finances shape a company, and it was necessary to "streamline" the staff, but with personalities like Danny, Chris, Kevin, and interesting crew left in both the UK and Australia, its not like you dont have the talent to entertain. If live streaming costs are restrictive, then i understand scaling back, but this seems more like a decision based on executive leadership than finances. I could be wrong, and if so, fine.....i still dont understand how a website does better business with less to offer.
I hope Gamespot has big plans for the future and all my worry is misplaced. There has been nary a word since the staff layoffs besides Chris Watters extremely classy message on The Lobby. It would be a mistake to retreat to some hushed corner of the internet and make survival the only goal. Now is the time to be forward thinking and use the great people you still have. Personalities are the key to unlocking a loyal fan base. Ask Giant Bomb. You cant copy their formula exactly obviously, but a wise wizard once said....
Good poets borrow, great poets steal.
Regardless, it feels like Gamespot is merely treading water. Pick a direction and swim.
We fans will follow.