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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.



    A statement from EA was issued following the reveal of the layoffs.



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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 Blizzard departments. This includes Activision's publishing division, Blizzard, High Moon, and King....
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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. I'm talking about just 25 individuals. The first episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season came out just last month. The second episode is still slated to be released next week. Layoffs pre...
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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 racing titles. Of those laid off, was OnRush director and primary face of the studio Paul "Rushy" Rustchynsky. This has been confirmed by a number of sources, including other senior staff members. Eurogamer was...
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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% of the studio, as part of its regular periodic assessment of upcoming projects and overall studio goals. The team is continuing to work hard to support
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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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  • Sources Say Gazillion Employees Laid Off Today as Marvel Heroes Forced to End a Month Ahead of Schedule

    Last week, news started to spread that the developer of Marvel Heroes, Gazillion, would be closing up shop and shutting down their once popular action-RPG title, Marvel Heroes. The initial plan was to let the team and the game continue on until the end of 2017.

    It seems those plans have abruptly changed. Multiple sources have said that Gazillion was shut down today, on the eve of Thanksgiving. Marvel Heroes itself will now come to a rapid and unceremonious conclusion on Friday. That would be this Friday, November 24. This reveal came from sources that shared a termination letter written by CEO Dave Dohrmann. The letter claims that "banki...
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  • Sources Say Gazillion Employees Laid Off Today as Marvel Heroes Forced to End a Month Ahead of Schedule

    Last week, news started to spread that the developer of Marvel Heroes, Gazillion, would be closing up shop and shutting down their once popular...
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  • Telltale Hit with Layoffs

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    Telltale Hit with Layoffs

    Telltale Games, the studio behind a number of recent adventure titles such as Batman: The Telltale Series, every season of The Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode have laid off about 90 staff members today, or about 25% of their total workforce.
    "Our industry has shifted in tremendous ways over the past few years. The realities of the environment we face moving forward demand we evolve, as well, reorienting our organization with a focus on delivering fewer, better games with a smaller team," said Telltale Games CEO Pete Hawley. "I'd like to express our respect for all the contributions that these incredibly talented ar
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    Telltale Hit with Layoffs

    Telltale Games, the studio behind a number of recent adventure titles such as Batman: The Telltale Series, every season of The Walking Dead, and...
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  • Volition Lays Off Over 30 Employees

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    Volition Lays Off Over 30 Employees

    Over the years, Volition created some pretty great games that includes the recently released Agents of Mayhem game plus the Saints Row, Descent Freespace, and Summoner franchises. Today, the studio laid off over 30 of its roughly 200 employees.

    These layoffs include General Manager Dan Cermak and video editor Josh "Chip Cheezum" Stinson. Stinson was perhaps best known for being the main face on most of Volition's livestreams.

    This all came about a month after the release of Agents of Mayhem. According to sources close to Kotaku, Agents of Mayhem's publisher, Deep Silver, was unhappy with the sales...
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    Volition Lays Off Over 30 Employees

    Over the years, Volition created some pretty great games that includes the recently released Agents of Mayhem game plus the Saints Row, Descent...
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  • Dear Esther Developer The Chinese Room is "Going Dark"

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    Dear Esther Developer The Chinese Room is "Going Dark"

    The Chinese Room is "going dark" for the foreseeable future. This announcement came earlier today from Dan Pinchbeck of The Chinese Room. Over the years, The Chinese Room made games like Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture.
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