The popular YouTube channel Machinima was a kind of center where creative creators around the world were gathered, who with their imagination created content, mostly short films, made with a game engine used by some video games.
Sometimes the films were related to the game, and sometimes they were not at all related to the film, but they had quite different content, although they were created with the game's game engine. This content brought 12.4 million trackers to the Machinima channel.
Over the weekend, fans on this YouTube channel had to face the news that it was fired. All new content was marked as Private, the channel was effectively removed from the Internet, without notifying the creators who placed their content there.
As a company, Machinima existed over 18 years. The YouTube channel was established as a platform for promoting the work of Machinima and for numerous creators who want to place their original content online. It has existed since the very beginning of YouTube (2006) and over the course of these more than 12 years has managed to compile a huge fan base.
Most affected by the closing down of this channel are the creators who have signed long-standing contracts with Machinima only to find out that their content is permanently lost. Machinima has been struggling with creators' dissatisfaction for several months because of the company's attitude towards them, and extinguishing the channel came as a surprise to everyone who is not part of it.