Machinima, the multiplatform online entertainment network, has set all its videos to private meaning they are effectively removed from the internet.
It is not known at this time exactly when the channel was made private, but news began trending on the 19th with the hashtag #RIPMachinima. It also appears, given the reaction, that content creators associated with work on the channel and followers of the channel were not notified of plans to set the channel as private.
Machinima as a network has existed since 1999 when it was created to bring attention to machinima as an art form. Machinima, if you didn’t know, is the practice or technique of producing animated films through the manipulation of video game graphics.
Machinima’s YouTube channel has, over the intervening years, become home to several notable YouTube programmes. These include Inside Gaming, ETCNews, Machinima Live, Machinima VS, Machinima Respawn, Realm Games, and other programming such as Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series, and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
Ownership of Machimima Inc. changed hands several times, with the company being acquired by Warner Bros. Digital Networks in 2016. In turn, Warner Bros. was acquired by AT&T in 2018 with AT&T moving Machinima under the umbrella of their Fullscreen brand which is in turn owned and operated by Otter Media.
In a statement given to Kotaku, Otter Media has said “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.”