Voodoo Extreme, Team Xbox culled, Future lays-off more

Thursday, 26th January 2012 23:31 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Future US staff have been culled in a wave of lay-offs, while IGN has scrapped two entire sites.

Future US has let 19 staff go, although its catalogue of brands remains stable, with no magazines falling by the wayside.

The publisher told Joystiq the cuts are part of its digital transition.

“Future US is currently working to reposition itself in the marketplace to transform the company from an old school publisher to a hybrid publisher,” COO Rachelle Considine said.

“While many ‘old school’ publishing companies and outlets have folded completely, Future US is in process of retooling and reshaping the organization to succeed, and thrive in the digital era.”

Meanwhile, one new school publisher has also had to tighten the belt. IGN member Voodoo Extreme has revealed that its entire staff budget has been cut “due to economic hardships”.

Voodoo Extreme was founded in 1997 and acquired by IGN in 2003. Staff have been asked to stay on as volunteers.

“This is not goodbye, we are still going to do everything in our power to keep things going,” co-editor-in-chief Sheila Lewis wrote.

The cuts apparently extend to other IGN sites, too, with Voodoo Extreme co-editor OhmWrecker tweeting that Team Xbox has suffered the same fate of total staff cut.

Gamespy was also reported to have been affected, but editor in chief Dan Stapleton contacted VG247 to say no staff cuts had been made.

Best of luck to all those affected.



  1. Ireland Michael

    Ouch. Harsh.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. fearmonkey

    A real shame…. I have been a fan of Voodoo extreme since Billy Wilson started it.. Teamxbox was a big deal to me before IGN took over..
    Not a fan of IGN…….

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Lloytron

    Not good. Best wishes to all involved :/

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, tough times ahead. :( Hang in there guys…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. xxJPRACERxx

    I love VE (and Jube).

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Old MacDonald

    I usually visit Voodoo Extreme once a day, it’ll be sad if they have to close.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    Not very good, is it?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. jnms

    Soon I hope people will realise we are heading into a Depression, not merely a recession.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. TheBlackHole

    Seriously, sacking people and then asking them to cary on unpaid?

    that’s worse than the ‘win a blog’ competition on NowGamer. Disgusting,

    #9 3 years ago
  10. The_Red

    Great work IGN! You’ve been destroying both GameSpy and TeamXbox in terms of quality over the years and now you’ve finally managed to kill one of them. And since VE was the only one that wasn’t utterly crappy, they’ve closed it too…

    Sad news. Best wishes for people that have lost their jobs. At least now we can still remember the days when GameSpy and TXbox were good sites and less IGN-ified.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve updated the article with some more information about Gamespy.

    #11 3 years ago

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