2023 has been a rough year for the gaming and esports industry, with multiple companies laying off thousands of employees, including 100 Thieves, Microsoft, and more. The situation doesn't seem to be improving as recently, The Guard, one of the most popular organizations, has fired all of its content, social, talent, and creative teams, as revealed by Hunter, the producer at the company.
BREAKING: Layoffs have now hit The Guard as they lay off all of their content, social, talent, and creative teams
Sources: myself lmao pic.twitter.com/8YZS3kF3Ia— Hunter (@HUN2R) February 22, 2023
The apparel designer Carlie also confirmed the news by tweeting that "as of today, everyone’s position at the guard has been eliminated."
as of today everyone’s position at the guard has been eliminated. it was a great few months but i’m heartbroken. i am available for work across merch or apparel. unemployed in LA isn’t something i was expecting the day before my birthday Lol— carlie (@CARLIEB0T) February 22, 2023
Soon, all other laid-off employees also started tweeting about them getting laid off and that they are looking for new opportunities.
I've bled purple for the past few years, but unfortunately today was my last at The Guard.— Maddie (@ZeldaErt) February 22, 2023
LFW in LA/OC area, 6+ years in esports socials/marketing but I'm up for any challenge.
I've a million vouches to give for other roles as well, my team was amazing, hit me up for anything.
Some employees also moved to Los Angeles a few days ago for their jobs at The Guard and spent a lot of money on this. Ariel Ben-Abraham, the GM of apparel, revealed that "Security was "trying to detain me for simply trying to backup important files on my laptop."
Moved here two days ago and now everyone is laid off LMAOOO what a fucking joke.@hollywoodparkca you have the most disgusting HR department. Security was trying to detain me for simply trying to backup important files on my laptop.— Ariel Ben-Abraham (@ArielCreate) February 22, 2023
Also does know how to get out of 19 lease? pic.twitter.com/SQDaOQBtof
As of now, their esports teams are still competing across all the titles, including Valorant, Apex Legends, Overwatch, etc., and it seems like they still have their jobs. However, The Guard is yet to address this officially, and we will update this page if any official statement comes from them.