AOL media talent loss continues: Joystiq editor departing for Vox

Gaming is in its golden age, and big and small players alike are maneuvering like kings and queens in A Game of Thrones. Register now for our GamesBeat 2015 event, Oct. 12-Oct.13, where we'll explore strategies in the new world of gaming.

Chris GrantAOL is losing another top employee from its media division — this time it’s video-game blog Joystiq’s Editor, Chris Grant, who made the announcement in a post today.

The exodus, which was first announced in a personal blog post by Engadget Managing Editor Darren Murph, also includes two other Joystiq staffers. Together, the former employees plan to launch a video game vertical for Vox Media, which is known for producing Sports-minded SB Nation and technology-focused news site The Verge.

Over the past few years, AOL has attempted to shift away from its roots as a dial-up Internet service provider in favor of growing its media and advertising business. However, some of the company’s investors are worried that its media business is in trouble, due to poor profit returns on acquisitions and fleeing employees at the top.

The first crop of talent departures came in March, when Engadget Editor-In-Chief Josh Topolsky and Managing Editor Nilay Patel left the company, later launching This Is My Next (which is now The Verge). Another of AOL’s big media properties, TechCrunch, has also experienced several employee departures, including TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Senior Editor Sarah Lacy, columnist Paul Carr, publisher Heather Harde and advertising director Vaughn Brown. Also worth noting is the departure of AOL’s President of Applications and Commerce Group Brad Garlinghouse in November.

Photo via Joystiq