Gamer Network Twitch Lays Off About 25 People At Twitch Studios And In Marketing


Social video service Twitch laid off about 25 people as it adjusts staffing to position the company for its next phase of growth.

Esports consultant Rod Breslau reported the layoffs on Twitter, saying employees from the Twitch Studios and in the community and marketing teams lost their jobs yesterday. The process, according to Breslau’s account, was pretty bloodless — with word of the job losses delivered via a Google Hangout call.

A Twitch spokesperson confirmed the layoffs, which follow a period of rapid growth. Earlier this year, the company struck a deal with Disney Digital Network to bring exclusive content from four of its most popular creators— Jacksepticeye, LuzuGames, Markiplier, and Strawburry17—to Twitch, where they’ll manage their own channels.

“In order to maintain this momentum, we have an aggressive growth strategy for 2018 with plans to increase our headcount by approximately 30%,” the spokesperson told Deadline. “While we’ve conducted team adjustments in some departments, our focus is on prioritizing areas most important for the community.”

Twitch would not confirm the layoff numbers, which also were reported in Polygon. The company employs about 1,500 people.

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