Today, March 13th, 2017, Colin Moriarty, Co-Founder of Kinda Funny Games, previously Senior Editor at IGN, announced his immediate resignation from the YouTube start-up turned fan favorite. This is what Moriarty had to say about the leave on his Facebook page earlier this morning:
It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce my resignation from Kinda Funny, effective immediately.
This morning, the guys and I had a constructive conversation, and feel that, with our separate visions for the future and for the direction of the company, it’s time to go our separate ways. I want to be clear that this was my decision. Just as we collaborated as friends, so too do we part. I hope you continue to support them. I simply want to reconnect with what’s most important to me. Politics, history, philosophy. Reading books. Talking about things I feel are most impactful and essential for a person like me.
I want to thank everyone for their support of me — and us — over these years. When I started writing about games professionally in 2002 as a freshman in college, never, ever, did I think I’d reach the heights I did. I owe a great deal to an audience that generously sustained me, supported me, and followed me, and I also owe a lot to those who gave me opportunities to begin with. I will always remember and be grateful for this entire experience.
Opportunities are already popping up for me, bringing me in a new, different, and exciting direction, a direction that I feel makes perfect sense for me. Obviously, you haven’t seen or heard the last of me. Far from it. I hope that when I return with what’s next, you will support me there, just as you’ve supported me over these many years.
Your Friend, -Colin
Moriarty appeared on many, if not all of the Kinda Funny line up, including the number 1 PlayStation Podcast in the world, “PS I Love You, XOXO” and the “Kinda Funny Gamescast”, a variety show wherein the hosts talked all video game related news.
This is unfortunate, as last Wednesday there was a bit of controversy surrounding a tweet Moriarty posted containing a joke many took in poor taste towards the #ADayWithoutAWoman movement. While many speculated that these things were related, Kinda Funny Co-Founder Greg Miller, also formerly of IGN, said “If anything, it’s the most public form of proof (of us growing apart).” Kinda Funny will continue to develop and produce content for the foreseeable future without Moriarty.