Machinima Has Deleted Its Entire Youtube Library

Jan 26 2019

The sudden deletion of Machinima’s entire archive of YouTube videos came as a surprise to many of its current and former contributors, who noticed the channel had gone dark last Friday.

“Wow… they finally went ahead and deleted everything we’d ever done,” tweeted RickyFTW, who co-hosts the YouTube series Internet Today.

Actress and writer Felicia Day said the Dragon Age: Redemption series she’d written, produced, and performed in are among those lost in the mass deletion.

“I guess my Dragon Age web series is now gone with the Machinima video purge,” she tweeted. “Grab the DVDs while you can, not sure it will ever be online again. RIP”

As an MCN, Machinima hosted content by popular YouTube creators like Gamerpoop and Super Best Friends Play, growing to more than 12 million subscribers since its launch on YouTube back in 2006.

Working with multi-channel networks like Machinima once was considered mandatory for success on YouTube, but in the past several years, YouTube’s rules have changed to make it easier for independent content creators to successfully monetize their videos. That’s made MCNs increasingly obsolete, and Machinima has struggled to find a path forward since its sale to Warner Bros. in 2016.

Source: Media Forum