As announced on the Twitters, io9 Senior Writer Evan Narcisse will be ending his time at io9 in the near future.
Evan started writing at Kotaku back in October 2011. For whatever Gizmodo Media Group reasoning he was temporarily writing at both Kotaku and io9 (in May 2016) and then fully transferred to io9. Having six and a half years of seniority at the GMG means that he was probably pulling in a larger salary than his less-senior colleagues, so by taking a buyout package he helps the GMG continue to pay other people.
Some of io9's current and past staff have reacted:
I’ll be sure to update with more reactions from Evan’s io9 current and past co-workers as they appear.