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  • Several Xbox Game Studios Impacted by Mass Layoffs at Microsoft

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    Several Xbox Game Studios Impacted by Mass Layoffs at Microsoft

    Employees across several Microsoft owned studios were just let go from the company.

    Microsoft announced plans to layoff 10,000 employees, a decision that CEO Satya Nadella calls "difficult but necessary." A statement issued to employees, made public by Microsoft, does not go into detail just how many departments are being impacted. However, we do know that the Xbox division at Microsoft did not come away unscathed.

    Several studios under Xbox were impacted by...
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  • Meta Lays Off Over 11,000 Employees

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    Meta Lays Off Over 11,000 Employees

    This is a reduction of roughly 13% of its total workforce.
    Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, just announced that they have let go more than 11,000 employees across many divisions. This reduction is equal to about 13% of Meta's total workforce.

    The message shared with Meta employees was also shared publicly by Zuckerberg. In the remarks issued, he says that some discretionary spending will be cut and there will be a hiring freeze at Meta through Q1 2023. This is being done, according...
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  • Mafia Developer Hangar 13 Hit with More Layoffs

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    Mafia Developer Hangar 13 Hit with More Layoffs

    Developers from all three studios have been let go.

    Mafia 3 developer, Hangar 13, has been hit by yet another round of staff layoffs this week. Kotaku reports that developers across all three of Hangar 13's studios were let go today. The studio located in Novato, California saw nearly 50 developers lose their jobs today. For a location that previously had 87 employees prior to today's layoffs, that is a substantial number.

    Hangar 13 also saw a significant number of layoffs...
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  • Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Cuts Salary by 50%

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    Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Cuts Salary by 50%

    Half of a buttload of money is still a buttload of money.

    This morning, an agreement filed with the SEC found Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick agreeing to cut both his salary and annual bonus by 50%. Other incentives, such as the Transformation Transaction Award and Shareholder Value Creation Incentive were also eliminated. The Shareholder Value Creation Incentive was reported to be valued at upwards of $200 million in stock value, or $41 million after tax withholdings.
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  • Multiple Layoffs Hit Planetside 2 Studio Daybreak Games

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    Multiple Layoffs Hit Planetside 2 Studio Daybreak Games

    Layoffs are the result of a company "realignment."

    Multiple employees have been laid off from Daybreak Games. These layoffs occured at the end of the week last week and have seemingly impacted every department within the company. The San Diego-based studio is responsible for games such as Planetside 2, H1Z1, and the newly launched Planetside Arena.

    Planetside Arena went into Early Access just this past month, but so far the reception has been tepid, at best,...
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  • Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

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    Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

    SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

    A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

    As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE...
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  • GameStop Lays Off Half of Game Informer Staff and Over 100 Corporate Staff

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    GameStop Lays Off Half of Game Informer Staff and Over 100 Corporate Staff

    Retailer continues to barely cling to life.

    GameStop has laid off over a hundred employees today. These layoffs have hit its main corporate HQ in Grapevine, Texas along with some of company's subsidiaries. One such subsidiary that was hit hard was Game Informer. Nearly half of the Game Informer staff was laid off today.

    This latest round of layoffs actually happened just a few weeks after the company laid off over 50 employees, mainly regional managers. GameStop has been...
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  • EA Laid Off 350 Employees Today

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    EA Laid Off 350 Employees Today


    This morning, it was reported that Electronic Arts has laid off 350 people from a number of departments. According to Kotaku, the areas that were hardest hit today were marketing and publishing. An internal email from EA's Andrew Wilson, also obtained by Kotaku, says that the decision to "streamline decision-making" in these departments began last year. This move also seems to include a push to improve customer support and close offices in Russia and Japan.


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  • Activision Blizzard Lays Off Nearly 800 Employees Right After Announcing 'Record Year'


    This evening, Activision Blizzard began to inform numerous employees that they will be let go from the company. The layoffs started shortly after the conclusion of an earnings call made this afternoon. The company says that they will be eliminating 8% of its total staff. As of 2018, Activision Blizzard employed around 9,600 people. If this figure holds up, that means at least 770 people are now out of work.

    Those impacted by the layoffs are spread out across multiple Activision...
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  • Telltale Games Reportedly Laid Off Most Employees Today (Updated)

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    Telltale Games Reportedly Laid Off Most Employees Today (Updated)

    Reports started to come in that Telltale Games, the development studio behind adventure titles like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, was hit with a huge number of layoffs today.

    The studio, which has been actively developing and releasing The Walking Dead: The Final Season, is reportedly down to just 25 employees. In early to mid-2017, over 300 people were said to be employed at the studio. And to those who may be confused, I'm not talking about 25% of the staff remaining....
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  • OnRush Devs at Codemasters Hit with Layoffs

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    OnRush Devs at Codemasters Hit with Layoffs

    Codemasters has reportedly laid off a number of employees from the OnRush development team after it was widely reported that sales have been adequate at best.

    The team was previously known as Evolution Studios. They were acquired by Codemasters in 2016 after being dropped by their previous owner, Sony. While working as Evolution Studios, the studio created the often delayed but fairly well-reviewed Driveclub. They were also the team that brought the world the MotorStorm extreme...
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  • Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 Hit by Significant Layoffs

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    Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 Hit by Significant Layoffs

    It is being reported that development studio Hangar 13 has been hit with a significant number of layoffs today. The only title developed by Hangar 13 was Mafia III, which was released back in 2016. In 2017, 2K Czech was merged with Hangar 13.

    2K confirmed the news today in a statement issued to Kotaku.
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  • Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 Hit by Significant Layoffs

    It is being reported that development studio Hangar 13 has been hit with a significant number of layoffs today. The only title developed by Hangar...
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  • Capcom Hit with Layoffs; Next Dead Rising Reduced in Scope

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    Capcom Hit with Layoffs; Next Dead Rising Reduced in Scope

    This week, Capcom confirmed that roughly 30% of their Vancouver studio were laid off due to a restructuring. This confirmation was provided to Kotaku after rumors started swirling that layoffs were happening. This restructuring seems to have impacted the company in a number of ways, most notably with the cancellation of an unannounced project and the reduction in scope for the next Dead Rising game.
    Capcom Vancouver has undergone a restructure which has impacted approximately 30%
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  • Capcom Hit with Layoffs; Next Dead Rising Reduced in Scope

    This week, Capcom confirmed that roughly 30% of their Vancouver studio were laid off due to a restructuring. This confirmation was provided to...
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