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  • Blog Post: Freestyle Games Suffers Layoffs As Part Of Previously Announced Activision Realignment

    In February, we reported on layoffs at Activision studios in different locations. At the time, one such studio affected was Guitar Hero Live developer Freestyle Games in the UK. Because of a mandatory "consultation" period that is part of UK labor laws, it's only now we're seeing layoffs... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Closes Driveclub Developer Evolution Studios

    Update 3: Sony has confirmed Evolution's closure to us. The publisher shared a statement that has been circulating today calling the layoffs "compulsory redundancies." Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive... More
  • Blog Post: 5th Cell Confirms Layoffs After Canceled Scribblenauts Project

    5th Cell, the development team behind the popular Scribblenauts franchise, is experiencing layoffs after a canceled project. After seeing staff members tweet about their departure, we reached out to 5th Cell to confirm that staff have been let go, at least temporarily due to a project cancelation. The... More
  • Blog Post: Layoffs Hit Wildstar Developer Carbine Studios

    Carbine Studios, the developer behind NCSoft’s Windstar MMO, has suffered a number of layoffs. The publisher confirmed the news to Game Informer this afternoon. NCSoft says that the move reorganizes in the wake of canceling the MMO for the Chinese market. This also reflects the transition of Wildstar... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Is Likely Closing Lionhead Studios, Fable Legends Canceled

    Microsoft is making some sweeping changes to its European operations. The publisher has proposed the closure of Fable developer Lionhead Studios and has canceled its long in-development multiplayer title Fable Legends. Fable Legends, the four-versus-one, free-to-play game has been in closed beta for... More
  • Blog Post: Layoffs Hit Activision Following Weaker Guitar Hero, Skylanders Performance

    This morning, we were tipped off that there were some staffing changes hitting Activision. While the publisher isn’t being specific about offices impacted, we have reason to believe that the Minneapolis, Minnesota location has been affected. When reached for comment, the company confirmed layoffs... More
  • Blog Post: Gigantic Developer Motiga Suffers ‘Significant, Temporary Layoffs’ That Will Impact Game Progress

    There's bad news out of Gigantic developer Motiga this afternoon. The developer has announced “significant, temporary layoffs” impacting all departments. Motiga CEO Chris Chung says the company had no choice but to make the decision. “Our financial situation is such that we are... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Firefall Studio Red5 Finally Pays Employees, Denies Financial Troubles

    Update 4: As we mentioned with our original report, a GoFundMe campaign was created by a member of the industry not affiliated with Red5. The intent was to help those employees who suddenly found themselves without pay on Christmas. Now that employees have been paid, the campaign manager has issued an... More
  • Blog Post: Mad Max And Just Cause 3 Developer Avalanche Studios Suffers Layoffs

    With Just Cause 3 out in a few weeks and Mad Max complete and shipped, developer Avalanche Studios has suffered two rounds of layoffs. Job cuts began this summer in Stockholm after Mad Max was released. Avalanche maintains two offices. The original location in Stockholm, Sweden, worked on Mad Max. The... More
  • Blog Post: Rovio Announces Layoffs Of 213 Employees

    Angry Birds developer Rovio has confirmed plans to lay off 213 employees. This is fewer than the 260 that were announced when the cuts were revealed in August . The job cuts come with a plan to restructure the company to focus on three key areas: games, media, and consumer products. Angry Birds has exploded... More
  • Blog Post: Marvel Heroes Developer Gazillion Suffers Layoffs, But ‘Remains Very Healthy’

    Marvel Heroes has been a turnaround success. After a rough launch, developer Gazillion went back to the drawing board, listened to fan feedback, and implement changes that have drastically improved the game. Unfortunately, the company has recently suffered a setback, needing to layoff a number of employees... More
  • Blog Post: Rovio To Cut 260 Job Cuts, Total Layoffs Now 40 Percent Of October 2014 Staffing

    Despite 50 million downloads of Angry Birds 2, Rovio is facing tough times. The company announced major staffing cuts this morning that will impact nearly all of its business units worldwide. The company announced restructuring around three core business areas: games, media, and consumer products. The... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Gameloft Laying Off Staff In New York City

    Reports are surfacing that mobile developer and publisher Gameloft is in the process of laying off an unknown number of staff. The cuts are allegedly localized in the company’s New York office. Gameloft is responsible for the multi-installment Dungeon Hunter and Modern Combat franchises. It also... More
  • Blog Post: EA Lays Off Small Number At Visceral Games

    EA has confirmed to Game Informer that a small number of staff have been laid off at Visceral. The studio is working on a confirmed, but as yet unspecified Star Wars project . “We made a small staffing change in our Visceral studio today to support the needs of the studio’s two current development... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Lays Off 364 Employees After First Quarter Losses Of $46 Million

    Zynga continues to suffer as the company posted $46 million in net losses (GAAP) for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. As part of a measure to cut costs, the company has laid off 18 percent of its workforce, amounting to 364 employees. Despite the losses, Zynga outperformed its first quarter... More
  • Blog Post: Square Enix Prepares To Lay Off Some Staff In London

    Square Enix has confirmed to Game Informer that it is making changes to its London operation. No details were available on the magnitude of the layoffs. “We’re proposing some changes in our London office as part of our ongoing ambition to best position Square Enix for future growth in the... More
  • Blog Post: Report: DeNA Layoffs Impact Vancouver, San Francisco Locations

    It appears that mobile developer DeNA has laid off staff in at least two of its locations. The company recently announced a major partnership with Nintendo to bring original games to mobile phones and tablets. According to GamesBeat , the company says that the decision to reorganize its western offices... More
  • Blog Post: Phantom Dust Moves Forward, But Darkside Games No Longer Helming

    Microsoft announced a reboot of the 2004 Xbox exclusive Phantom Dust at E3 2014 , to both surprise and excitement from those who played the original. Unfortunately, it seems the project has hit a bump in the road. Multiple calls to the studio's main line and executive and creative leadership went... More
  • Blog Post: Layoffs At Everquest Next Studio, Including Director Of Development Dave Georgeson

    Last week, Sony and investment firm Columbus Nova announced that Sony Online Entertainment had been sold . The studio responsible for DC Universe Online, Everquest, Planetside, and the upcoming H1Z1, has been renamed. Now it seems, staffing changes are underway that reported see significant departure... More
  • Blog Post: EA Lays Off ‘Small Number’ At Montréal Studio

    EA has confirmed that it has laid off employees at its Montreal location. The publisher says that the studio remains a going concern and that projects are still in development there. “We made a staffing change in our Montreal studio to align with our current development and service plans,”... More
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