Giant Bomb personalities Alex Navarro, Brad Shoemaker and Vinny Caravella will leave the website later this week, leaving only 4 employees behind.
Giant bomb Members Alex Navarro, Brad Shoemaker, and Vinny Caravella have announced that they will be leaving the beloved website on Friday, May 7. The trio leaves the company with only 4 employees remaining, including co-founder Jeff Gerstman, and will leave the company. in a confusing and strange place for many fans.
Giant Bomb has made a name for itself over the years as a humorous source of video game coverage. The site has combined its incredible amount of gaming industry knowledge with its laid-back, goofy humor to provide an even balance between journalism and general content creation. Gerstman co-founded Giant Bomb after a scandal with a GameSpot review of Kane and Lynch where he was seemingly fired for giving the game a less than stellar review. Management was allegedly pressured to oust Gerstman, leading to others GameSpot Employees, such as Zapatero, Caravella and Navarro, leave the company in protest.
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Several months later, in 2008, the group founded Giant Bomb and has become an industry pioneer. Now, it’s the end of an era, as several key Giant Bomb members are leaving. No reason has been given as to why the three longtime personalities are leaving the company, but some suspect it is because Giant Bomb was recently acquired by conglomerate Red Ventures. It’s unclear if Giant Bomb will continue to maintain its rather iconic E3 coverage this year or in future years, but Gerstman has plans for the future of Giant Bomb. He noted in a statement (via GameSpot) that the company has spoken with new creators.
There is a collective vision of what the future of Giant Bomb is, and it involves familiar and new faces. We are already in talks with the creators so we can start the next chapter. We are fully aware that this marks a great change and we are using it as an opportunity to rethink what this site is. It is an opportunity to introduce new personalities from different backgrounds and explore categories and topics that we have never seen before.
There will be much more to say later as I discover what the future holds, but for now I just want to express my deepest thanks to everyone who supported us all this time, and to all the people who helped me and worked with me. the way to get where I am.
– Brad Shoemaker (@bradshoemaker) May 4, 2021
I’ll take a break, spend some time talking to friends and family who have been neglected for too long, and then go back to working hard on something new. I just have to figure out where that energy is going. Again, thank you so much for your continued love and support.
– Vincent Caravella (@VinnyCaravella) May 4, 2021
I’ll spend some time tonight catching up on all his messages and DMs, but for now I think I just need to take a walk around the block. let’s save the goodbyes until Friday. We still have video game videos to make!
– Yeet Takeshi (@alex_navarro) May 4, 2021
Despite his previous controversy with GameSpot, Giant Bomb was finally able to make amends somehow, as the two share an office and are under the same parent company. GameSpot Employees have appeared regularly on Giant Bomb shows and it seems likely that they will be more prominent as Giant Bomb tries to fill the void for the foreseeable future.
It’s unclear what the plans are for the trio that left the company, but it seems likely that they will stay in the gaming space. Giant Bomb is likely to feel a lot different going forward, and it remains to be seen how supportive its fanbase will be without most of its key personalities.
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