Rooster Teeth Is Shutting Down After 21 Years

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Rooster Teeth Is Shutting Down After 21 Years

Rooster Teeth Is Shutting Down After 21 Years

A pioneering force in online entertainment, Rooster Teeth, is closing its doors after more than two decades, signaling the end of an era for the beloved brand.

The End of an Era

Parent company Warner Bros. Discovery has made the difficult decision to shutter Rooster Teeth, citing the division’s financial struggles in the face of changing digital media landscapes. The closure comes after unsuccessful attempts to sell the fandom, gaming, and comedy entertainment powerhouse.

Rooster Teeth Is Shutting Down After 21 Years
Rooster Teeth Is Shutting Down After 21 Years

 

Impact on Employees and Creators

The closure of Rooster Teeth will have far-reaching effects, leading to layoffs of approximately 150 full-time employees and impacting dozens of contractors and content creators. General manager Jordan Levin expressed regret over the decision, stating, “It’s with a heavy heart I announce that Rooster Teeth is shutting down due to challenges facing digital media resulting from fundamental shifts in consumer behavior and monetization across platforms, advertising, and patronage.

Sale of Content Rights

Warner Bros. Discovery is currently in negotiations to sell the rights to certain Rooster Teeth catalog content and intellectual property, including popular series like “RWBY,” “Red vs. Blue,” and “Gen:Lock.” The fate of the Roost podcast network, featuring shows spanning gaming, true crime, fandom, comedy, and food, is also being discussed.

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Statement

In a statement, Warner Bros. Discovery expressed gratitude to Rooster Teeth’s creators, partners, and management team, praising their years of success and acknowledging the passionate fanbase. The media company said, “Your passionate and loyal fans are testament to your achievements.

A Legacy of Innovation

Rooster Teeth, founded in 2003 by Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum, Geoff Ramsey, Jason Saldaña, Gus Sorola, and Joel Heyman, has been a trailblazer in online video content. The company gained fame with its animated comedy series “Red vs. Blue,” which popularized machinima. Despite the closure, Rooster Teeth’s legacy will endure through its devoted fanbase and the impact it has had on online entertainment.

Looking Ahead

As Rooster Teeth closes its doors, fans and creators alike will remember the company for its innovative content and dedicated community. The end of Rooster Teeth marks the end of an era in online entertainment, but its influence will continue to be felt in the digital media landscape.

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