It sounds as if it was done reluctantly and mainly down to unavoidable covid-related economic conditions.
It feels like there’s been a big turnover in staff, but as Graham says that may be due to expanding quickly and also highlighting when staff arrive and leave. Given that they’ve hired a couple of new people reasonably recently, it seems a bit odd to now be faced with redundancies of people in similar roles, but I guess hiring and redundancies are often operating on different timescales and mostly independently.
In particular, hiring Colm just before making Matthew redundant seems odd from the outside, but maybe it’s just Covid or maybe it’s corporate.
I can’t say I know Matthew very well as I rarely watch RPS videos. I did watch one Astrid one that I thought was really good, but then she left about a week later.
In terms of the main site, losing Sin is a big blow though. Not only because she’s the best writer, the most RPS writer, and the one who covers all the indie games, but also because she’s one of the more prolific writers and reviewers.
Now that we’ve lost Matt (Cox) and Sin, aren’t there only really 2 reviewers on staff? Alice B and Nate?
Graham, Katherine, etc… muck in with reviews from time to time, but the rest are mainly by freelancers.
I worry that decisions may be made from slightly blinkered viewpoints. Maybe indie reviews and well written articles don’t get as many clicks as news posts… but in the long term, if you lose what makes the site what it is, then that will have a wider impact.
Stupid Covid and stupid ad-driven model!
Side note, given that I’ve mentioned similar things before and that Apple just launched their everything-subscription bundle (News, Music, Arcade, TV, etc…):
I think the proliferation and fragmentation of subscription services means consumers are going to max-out on subscriptions… so moving to some kind of bundled-subscription system seems inevitable.
Which does possibly present an opportunity for a better news model.
I’m unlikely to subscribe to individual sites, for several reasons including perceived cost-benefit and also hassle, but a low cost subscription to multiple sites, or even bundling news subscriptions with other things like game/tv subscriptions might be more appealing.
That’s for the future though. Today sucks.