The lights are on
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment confirmed it made work reductions in its Seattle branches today.
Early reports suggest around 60 employees were affected in total, though Warner Bros. has not confirmed an exact number. "As part of the continual review of our business operations and fluctuating market conditions, we have had to make reductions in our WB Games Seattle workforce," a spokesperson told Game Informer.
Also unconfirmed at this time are which game development studios were affected by this move. Snowblind Studios and Monolith Productions may have been affected as well as WB's own internal studio.
We've followed up with Warner Bros. for additional information and will update this story when we hear back.
no doubt gamestop's ridiculously underrated score of 5.5 hurt sales quite a bit.
Every game I saw that had WB slapped on it was pretty good so I'm sure they'll be fine.
Man wats going on with this layoff crap
I wish I could say I'm surprised people are getting laid off *sigh*
Who is seriously blaming GI for this. I mean, really. If you are, you need to get your head examined. It's not their fault they didn't like the game.
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I always hate layoffs before the holidays.
It's Always sad news when a developer has to lay off workers, it sucks finding a job because what you work in and what you make in the game industry really matters, and if you work your ass off for a game that is either too innovative or just not polished enough (due to crunch times) then there is a high chance that you can lose your job and that is just sad. I hope those people can find work soon.
Hey, thanks for working so hard on this game everyone, you're all fired.
Well, for Snowblind, I'm assuming SOME of the layoffs would be because LOTR is completed and they have to let go of contractors. Don't know WHY Monolith would be hit with layoffs though, not until AFTER Gotham City Imposters is completed anyway. Hope it doesn't affect Shogo 2's development, at any rate.
And of course, it sucks for everyone involved. I hope everyone lands on their feet. And all contractors get hired back shortly when these studios start staffing up for the next game.
I also hope Snowblind's next game doesn't suck.
i wish them the best, hope they get jobs soon.
GI has a lot to do with the failure of this game as I can assume many people would never bother with it after reading the review on this site. Fortunately I bought it before reading their review and found it to be my favorite game of the season so far. I enjoyed War in the North more than Batman Arkham City and more than Uncharted 3 having completed all 3 games. I had to write my own review of the game in the hopes someone will read it and get a different perspective on the title before writing it off completely.
I hope they find jobs and I hope that this is not going to ripple through the industry. I hate layoffs because there are great devs making games.