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Gaia Online Joins the Layoff Club

The popular anime-ish social site lays off 13% of its staff.

Gaia Online
Gaia Online
According to BizJournals.com, the popular social networking site that is totally less cool than ours Gaia Online has laid off 16 full-time and 20 contract employees, about 13% of its total staff. This is in spite of a report by the San Jose Mercury that the company, which makes $1 million selling virtual goodies to real-life anime and game geeks-- and expects December to be a record month. It's a preemptive strike to avoid falling into the trouble other companies are already in, but still...ouch.


Gaia joins TOKYOPOP and probably a couple dozen other entertainment (although not necessarily anime/manga)-related companies in laying off this month. Happy Holidays?


Thanks to Gage for the tip!

Nikoon Dec. 16, 2008 at 3:26 p.m.
It's sad for Gaia. I never could get into it, but it sucks to see layoffs.
MorpheusDreamweaveron Dec. 16, 2008 at 4:05 p.m.
Ya know, I'm not feeling very sad for Gaia. They're still succesful, yet they're canning 13% of their staff? Not the kind of company that's worth having any feelings over in my book.
Schwindelmagieron Dec. 16, 2008 at 4:19 p.m.
I used to be big into Gaia but nowadays I don't go on at all.
Too bad about the layoffs though ):
LordAndrewon Dec. 16, 2008 at 4:49 p.m.
How so, MorpheusDreamweaver? There are plenty of "successful" businesses that are experiencing troubles seeing layoffs.

And really, no one should be having any feelings for any company. It's the people that matter.
omoon Dec. 16, 2008 at 5:34 p.m.
A lot of companies are canning staff even if they're looking to do fine through the recession. Business decisions and all.
Sonata moderator on Dec. 16, 2008 at 11:24 p.m.
WOW i used to be on Gaia also, I'm sad to see people lose their jobs.
GlareMaverick11987on Dec. 17, 2008 at 6:30 a.m.
GOOD! I've had it with Gaia Online.
DarkShaperon Dec. 17, 2008 at 7:24 a.m.
I don't really like Gaia but i always hate it when people get laid off
discostaron Dec. 18, 2008 at 12:42 p.m.
I Love Gaia Online. It's the only website I visit abut 600 times a day. They'll probably try to hire most of those people back in 2 years when the economy starts to swing back upwards.

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