I miss Austin on the East crew. His short tenure was some of my favorite content out of that office. I hope he finds a place where he is happy and able to work on projects he loves at a pace he can survive.
Glad Austin will be able to move on and try to balance things out better. He's had lots of creative things out there that have all been generally amazing (in addition to a great tenure at GB), so I'm sure we'll have some great stuff to come for him. Friends at the Table continues to be amazing and I always appreciate hearing his perspective on pretty much everything. But have to feel for him with how Waypoint turned out.
Reading between the lines on everything they've said on the site and other comments that have been made, things never really came together (both in terms of how they envisioned the site and in the larger Vice ecosystem). They were shifting styles and trying out different approaches fairly often to try to draw in an audience, and from what Austin has revealed their bigger projects like the intersection between gaming and incarceration basically got them nothing in traffic. And for the last year or so it certainly seems like their runway ran out and Vice basically just wanted to reduce back down to some basic gaming/culture coverage.
I've read quite a few articles in the vice game section since waypoint and much of the work they made felt like an over analytical college exercise. Plus social justice writing is just a niche market that requires outrage/echo chamber outside of academics. Best of luck to everyone all the same. Being a writer is hard and everyone is a critic.