In Regards to Jared's Departure
As most of you know, this past Monday we said goodbye to one of ScrewAttack's familiar faces, Jared. We realize that his departure may have seemed sudden and some of you have questions, so we want to be as transparent and honest about his departure as possible.
Yes, Jared was let go from ScrewAttack. This was not an easy decision that Craig had to make at all, as it's something that he thought long and hard about for literally months. It had become obvious through Jared's comments and actions that his goals didn't line up with ours at ScrewAttack so on Friday Craig had a meeting with Jared to talk about things. The end result of that meeting was Craig letting Jared go - a decision both agreed at the time was best for ScrewAttack and Jared. There was no animosity or bad feelings at all and the door was left open for Jared to return for projects like Mario Party After Dark.
At the end of the meeting, the rest of the staff was gathered and Jared announced that he was leaving the company to work on his own projects. He assured all of us that everything was fine and that to help soften the blow to the community, it was mutually agreed that he would host a farewell episode of Hard News on Monday. The most important thing is that we wanted Jared to leave ScrewAttack by looking as good as possible and not tarnish anything he had done previously by saying he was "fired."
However, Jared later felt the need to relay to his followers that he was fired from ScrewAttack. Due to wild speculation and numerous requests for us to explain the situation, we feel it would be best to provide a clear statement as to why.
To be short, his heart wasn't in it anymore. It was evident in his performance and demeanor around the office, and on social media. It's Craig's job to make sure ScrewAttack's staff wants to be here. Through Jared's actions it was clear that his focus was elsewhere which wasn't fair to ScrewAttack or the g1 community. The decision to let Jared go was not made lightly.
With all this said, from a professional standpoint we at the HQ wish Jared nothing but the best moving forward and will support his future endeavors. We'll gladly promote his content if he chooses to post it on his ScrewAttack profile. From a personal standpoint, we hope to continue to hang out with him and be his friend.
Good luck Jared! We wish you the best.
- The ScrewAttack Crew
Interesting .! And what's about the whole spam below :(
It is sad that Jared left, but is sadder that all of the comments are about showing off websites and online stores and products! I'll miss ya bro, good luck!
Yo Jared with all that free time you should play some Free MMORPG Games. Shameless i know.
Thank God I'm not the only one that noticed this. Jared always looked like he was sulking around and really brought shows like Sidescrollers down. You could tell he was not happy and it kind of rubbed off on everyone else. I remember loving Sidescrollers, but since Jared appeared he would always make snide/rude remarks and Craig would just have to take it. Glad someone did something about it.
I was pretty steamed when I heard Jared had to leave but I'm REALLY glad it wasn't over anything stupid, that there's no bad beef between you guys, and you still wanna be friends. It's all great to hear but I have 1 question I'm uncertain u cud answer; Will he be entertaining at SGC?
Boy was I late to this posting. Figure it was something along those lines but it's always good to hear Craig took a LONG time in thinking through his decision and Jared understood the reasons and saw the opportunity to concentrate on his dreams and ambitions.
How come I didnt know this at all? Anyways,I understand that it was for the best,and I don't blame Craig at all,and will certainly continue using screwattack as my main videogames site,but still...Jared was so much of a important part of this site...that some of me has left with him...
Tom owns two successful restaurants. Craig has one failed game store and a website that is barely above water.
Right, he's still part of SA just like Jordan is still part of the Bulls. Sure, they sell his jersey but what does he really do other than lend his name to the merchandise? Rolfe hasn't been an active part of Screwattack for years. His popularity was the only place keeping this boat above water and low and behold he quits making Nerd videos and poof, membership and participation vanish.
Now stop being so stupid.
THIS. THIS. AND THIS! Thank you
Couldn't agree with you more. With the front page flooded with old news and reposted video/comics, I don't even bother going through them. I just come back for the original shows.
But since the only shows that draw me back to ScrewAttack are Hard News, News Room, and Death Battle, with Jared gone it looks like I will only come back once a month to check on the update of Death Battle.
I can even feel the quality of Video Game Vault and Top 10 are slipping. Since I have been a G1 for a long time, I can now guess most of the Top 10 items. On top of that, it seems Craig is trying to use Best Ever to replace Top 10, which is sad because Best Ever is basically a slightly edited recorded stream and no where close to Top 10. As to Video Game Vault, with Craig absent for a lot of episodes, it lacks the dynamics to keep things interesting.
I have a fan since right before Tom left and I really want ScrewAttack to do well, however it's really sad to see ScrewAttack decline to current form.
You hit the nail RIGHT on the head "...there's a pretty big line of replacements waiting outside".
Thanks for the 411, Screwattack. It does really help. Jared was always one of my favorite members, and I'm not happy to see him leave but I am happy to see him focusing on other projects. I'm also glad that the decision to leave was mutual and something both Craig and Jared could see through. I don't see, though, why everyone is flipping out over Craig though, as if he kicked Jared out on his ass in a conspiracy of raging jealousy. Because we all know a boss's job is purely to destroy his employees. I could really see that Jared had different ideas than Screwattack, and it reflected a bit in his work. Maybe it's for the best right now. See ya, Jared. I'll follow you on facebook.
Really hating how everyone is blaming Craig for firing him. I mean yeah, he made the decision TO fire him, but it's not like Craig was "screwing" Jared over as many people have said. Nobody is getting screwed over here, Jared can finally put 100% focus on his projects, and Screwattack can get back on track with their projects. If you don't like it well, that's business. It's not about what YOU guys want, it's about what's best for EVERYONE.
Besides, this is all very reminiscent to the whole Handsome Tom getting fired thing. Everyone said Screwattack was going to die without him. It hasn't then, and Jared leaving won't kill it now.
It's not a good feeling having to cover for someone else in what is supposed to be a team effort. I'm sure Craig tolerated it to the point that he saw things werent going to get any better.
Jared is very likeable, and I'm sure his job was demanding but let's face it. His Job was great, not many people get to work in video game journalism. I'd gladly trade a part time job for a full time job reviewing video games and covering video game news. If someone doesn't want to do a job like this, there's a pretty big line of replacements waiting outside
I feel the same! I joined in Version 3 & immediately felt like part of the community! I was blogging, enjoying all the content and loving the guys working at ScrewAttack! Sadly with each iteration of ScrewAttack I felt less and less involved and became more of a community like youtube but for gamers!
This is especially so since the sites re-launch! Far too much of the content on here is re-posts of news stories and that includes alot of blogs! Most of the original content is now live streaming (when before it was out of the box which is no added to the list).
I used to come to ScrewAttack so many times in a day now its barely once every other day! The site seems more cluttered now than it did before! don;t get me wrong though there are still great things I enjoy on ScrewAttack and I like everyone who works there (Bryan still remains my favourite).
It just feels at times a shadow of its former self!
I'm late to the party, but I appreciate you guys taking the time to release this statement.
I like how you made up something about James in your post. James is still associated with ScrewAttack and his work is still a part of it. Nice attempt at bullshit though. :)