Today, giant bomb announced that the website’s co-founder, Jeff Gerstmann, is leaving the popular video game website after nearly 15 years. In a blog post announcing the departure, it was explained that “giant bomb and Jeff Gerstmann have agreed to part ways.
In a long blog post shared on giant bombstaff said they would be “transparent” about Gerstmann’s departure, calling it “important news” and a “big moment” for the site and its future.
“Jeff shaped giant boomb in a profound way and he also played a key role in integrating the voices that have defined the site through its different eras. Nowadays, the giant bomb The influence on how video games are covered on the internet is ever so pervasive, and Jeff remains inseparably attached to that legacy.
But things change: life unfolds; priorities change and people come and go. And the same goes for Giant bomb.
As to why he was leaving today, nor giant bomb neither Gerstmann shared specific details, stating only that an agreement had been reached between the parties to “part ways”.
the old GameSpot the editorial director confirmed the news via his personal Twitter announcing that today, June 6, was his last day with the company. He also hinted at more details and information to come tomorrow via a stream on his own Twitch channel.
Hey! Today is my last day at Giant Bomb. Weird! Maybe we’ll discuss that a bit tomorrow. Follow me on Twitch: https://t.co/paS2Wklhl5
—Jeff Gerstmann (@jeffgerstmann) June 6, 2022
In the blog post announcing the news, giant bomb also spoke about the future of the site after its release, stating that this departure would not lead to a “Giant Bomb 2.o” and that it still plans to be a “strange and welcoming corner of the internet”.
Change can be difficult to adapt to. But we’re still building the bomb, and you’ll get a much more detailed announcement on how the June 7 Bombcast will look, so be sure to tune in. Starting tomorrow, there will be a renewed focus on a core group of new giant bomb team members, and we’ll give updates regarding future content, the plan for Premium, and hopefully answer most of the questions you might have, and maybe even a few you did not know yet have.
We’re more excited than ever about what’s to come and we hope you will be too.
There is no 2.0. There is only the giant bomb. Until tomorrow.
Gerstmann’s sudden exit today continues the trend of older employees leaving the popular video game site.
Last year, in May, three of the site’s former members, Vinny Caravella, Alex Navarro and Brad Shoemaker left. They left and started their own thing called Nextlander.
These departures all came after the announcement in September 2020 that the former parent company of GameSpot and Giant bomb — ViacomCBS – had sold the sites to digital marketing firm Red Ventures. While Caravella has attempted to quash rumors that it was this new owner who led to an employee exodus, rumors among the site’s longtime fans and viewers persist.