After creating their Esports branch 3-4 months ago, Yahoo have announced the arm centred around delivering high quality content will be disbanded. A shock for many in the community as Yahoo has produced some of the best content in Esports media over the past few months, notably the interviews, articles and guides on CSGO presented by Mohan “Launders” Govindasamy.
A statement released by the Yahoo states that the move was due to the company becoming a part of Oath, a subsidiary created by Verizon that also includes AOL and that the branch will move its efforts towards Yahoo Sports instead. The head of the team Travis Gafford also thanks the community for their acceptance as well the whole Yahoo Esports team stating “To say I got hard-carried by our incredible producers, writers, editors, and social media folks would be a vast understatement.”
The remainder of the statement follows:
To our readers and viewers:
Unfortunately, Yahoo Esports will no longer be updated after this Friday (June 16th). As Yahoo Sports becomes part of Oath, they are focusing on aligning with the new company strategy and are focused on growing the Yahoo Sports brand.
As things wind down, I want to thank several different parties for the support they’ve provided us over the past year and a half.
First, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the individuals at Yahoo who decided to make esports an initiative at the company. From the folks who presented and approved the idea, to the engineers and project managers who built the site, and the Yahoo Sports team who hired the first few members of what would become our media team.
Additionally, I want to thank the esports community. As is often the case, there was a great deal of skepticism when a large company entered the esports space. You challenged us to create authentic videos and articles from familiar faces and names. With the help of teams, players, leagues, and publishers we strived to provide you engaging, entertaining, and informative content. In turn, you embraced us across Smash, CS:GO, League, FGC, and many more communities. Your passion and support drove us.
Finally, there is no possible way for me to thank my amazing colleagues enough. Speaking personally, Yahoo Esports was my first chance to lead a team. To say I got hard-carried by our incredible producers, writers, editors, and social media folks would be a vast understatement. All of them invested their long hours, passion, and endless creativity into this endeavor. If I have a chance to work alongside any of them again in the future, I will take it in a heartbeat. You’ll be hard pressed to find better women and men for positions in this industry.
Thank you everyone for supporting us,
Head of Esports Media
Many high profile figures in the industry have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter:
Our team was so fun, I’ll seriously miss everyone at @YahooEsports. Some of the best months of my life. Updates soon 💙
— Mohan Govindasamy (@launders) 14 June 2017
It’s a fuckin joke that Yahoo continued making high profile additions only to axe the whole esports site a few months later.
— Thorin (@Thooorin) 14 June 2017
Pretty obvious if you’ve ever looked at their 10-K/read the news and know Verizon acquired them. Employees be aware of your employer.
— lurppis (@lurppis_) 14 June 2017
I’m actually shocked. Your content was god tier… just do it for yourself and build your brand!
— Sean Gares (@seangares) 14 June 2017