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Zynga

Major layoffs happening at Zynga


Approximately 18 percent of staff cut
Jun 03
// Abel Girmay
Sad news been handed down to many employees of the massive social game developer Zynga, as the company is reportedly cutting loose 520 staff members. That's around 18 percent of the company workforce. As part of the cuts, the...
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GREE layoffs

Layoffs hit GREE offices in San Francisco


Mobile and social game company lays off 30 employees
May 11
// Kyle MacGregor
Japanese mobile and social game publisher GREE has laid off roughly 30 people at its San Francisco offices, GamesIndustry reports. "We have recently aligned GREE's US studio to focus on creating the next generation of mobile ...
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The DTOID Show

CoD: Ghosts, Nintendo's E3 Plan & The Bureau Declassified


The Destructoid Show holds up a single banana
Apr 26
// Max Scoville
On today's Destructoid Show, we did a whole bunch of extra-serious journalism about video games. For starters, we have some facts and also some rumors about the upcoming reveal of the next Xbox. Boxart for Call Of Duty: Ghos...
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EA layoffs

'Hard but essential' EA restructuring results in layoffs


EA Partners, multiple studios reportedly affected
Apr 25
// Jordan Devore
Word got out earlier today that there have been significant layoffs at Electronic Arts. Going off of anonymous sources, Game Informer reports that the EA Partners publishing label used for games like Insomniac's Fuse is ...
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Layoffs

Slant Six Games laying off staff temporarily


Again
Apr 12
// Harry Monogenis
Slant Six Games, in a statement to GamesIndustry International, has confirmed that the team behind Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and several SOCOM games has put into effect a round of temporar...
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layoffs

EA Montreal faces more layoffs, rumored studio closure


EA Montreal is to be shutdown, says source
Apr 11
// Allistair Pinsof
EA Mobile in Montreal faces 200 - 250 employee layoffs with more to come, a source with connections to EA Mobile told Gamasutra, and the studio will gradually become completely shutdown. EA confirmed layoffs but said that the...
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Deadpool

Deadpool developer High Moon Studios hit with layoffs


Team working on Deadpool affected
Apr 03
// Jordan Devore
In a statement provided to Kotaku, Activision has confirmed layoffs at Transformers and Deadpool developer High Moon Studios following completion of the latter game: "Activision Publishing consistently works to align its cost...

Disney shuts down LucasArts

Apr 01 // Jim Sterling
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Studio axed as name becomes a "licensing model"
Disney has today announced that it's decided to close down LucasArts as a game studio, transitioning it into a "licensing model." This effectively means that LucasArts is dead, likely to exist as little more than a legacy nam...

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Gaming isn't dead yet

Twisted Pixel dev: Game industry is struggling, not dying


Certain sectors will find it harder to be successful
Mar 21
// Tony Ponce
In the wake of massive studio closures these past few years, not to mention other eye-opening events like John Riccitello's resignation as CEO of Electronic Arts, it's hard to have a positive outlook on the industry's future....
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BioWare SF

BioWare San Francisco has reportedly been closed


'Too expensive' to make social games in Redwood Shores
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
BioWare San Francisco (formerly EA2D), the developer behind Facebook game Dragon Age: Legends and Mirror's Edge 2D, has been shut down according to information provided by internal sources to GamesRadar and IGN. The closure o...
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TimeGate layoffs

Aliens: CM co-creators TimeGate Studios hit with layoffs


As many as 25 people have been let go
Mar 04
// Patrick Hancock
TimeGate Studios, one of the development teams that worked on the poorly received Aliens: Colonial Marines, has had some of its staff laid off according to Polygon. The development of the game, its reception, and the story of...
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GameFly laysoff employees

GameFly lays off employees, focuses on software


GameFly just got GameF**ked
Feb 28
// Allistair Pinsof
By-mail rental service GameFly looks toward a digital future, as 35 of its employees look for a new job. After layoffs today -- a spokesperson said 15-percent of the company, according to Joystiq -- CEO Dave Hodess stated the...
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HMV

HMV laying off 464 workers, closing 37 more stores


More bad news for the struggling retailer
Feb 21
// Harry Monogenis
HMV has been having a pretty horrible year so far, and it's only February. Last month, the UK retailer went into administration, followed by an announcement that 66 stores would be closing up for good -- a move which also res...
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IGN Entertainment Layoffs

IGN parent company to shutter 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO


Ziff Davis shutting down some of its recent acquisitions
Feb 21
// Kyle MacGregor
IGN laid off several members of its editorial team today. The move follows IGN's recent sale to Ziff Davis Media, which also plans to close subsidiaries 1UP, GameSpy, and UGO as a part of the restructuring.  "Our goal is...
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Activision layoffs

Activision expects to have fewer licensed games this year


Approximately 30 full-time employees laid off
Feb 20
// Jordan Devore
Word got out yesterday that Activision had laid off around 30 full-time employees, which was later confirmed by the company. "Like any successful business, Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its...
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Around 25 people reportedly affected
[Update: Valve head Gabe Newell offered the following statement to Engadget: "We don't usually talk about personnel matters for a number of reasons. There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent chang...

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THQ's downfall

Former THQ president on where the company went wrong


THQ 'had every chance to survive,' says Rubin
Jan 31
// Jordan Devore
While THQ was split up following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, not all of its properties have been auctioned off yet, and there's still plenty left to say about the now-defunct publisher. MCV ran an insightful piece today coveri...
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SuperBot layoffs

SCEA confirms layoffs at PlayStation All-Stars developer


SuperBot Entertainment
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Last I heard about PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer SuperBot Entertainment, the studio was hiring; that's the kind of story we like to see. Lately, however, it's been less cheerful. It seems SuperBot has been hit...
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Layoffs at Gas Powered

Gas Powered Games sees layoffs, might close Kickstarter


Studio behind Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander
Jan 18
// Jordan Devore
When thinking of what-if scenarios that you wouldn't want to happen while running a Kickstarter campaign, I feel like "layoffs" would be up there pretty high. Days after seeking crowdfunding support for its action-RPG/RTS Wil...
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The DTOID Show: XCOM DLC, Sim City, Zynga & Warfighter


Plus: How to become a wizard
Oct 24
// Max Scoville
Today on The Destructoid Show, we discuss XCOM: Enemy Unknown's upcoming Slingshot DLC, Sim City's momentary delay, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter's less-than-thrilling reception, and crappy ol' Zynga doing a bunch of crappy stuff. Again.
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Boston studio shut down, others face closure
There were a number of layoffs at Zynga today, as you might have heard from employees who were affected and quickly spread the word. An internal note from CEO Mark Pincus confirms much of what's been said about the significan...

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Starhawk developer Lightbox lays off 75% of its staff


Makes move toward iOS, away from Sony
Oct 19
// Allistair Pinsof
"And yeah, its time for another drink..." Dylan Jobe, president of Lightbox Interactive, posted on Twitter, Tuesday. Sony made a gamble when it invested in Lightbox Interactive to make a competitive multiplayer shooter called...
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Microsoft cuts Lionhead staff by 'less than 10%'


Devs disposed off once The Journey was finished
Oct 16
// Jim Sterling
Following the completion of Fable: The Journey, Microsoft shaved somewhere under 10% of Lionhead Studios' workforce, the publisher told GI International this week.  "We are working closely with the affected employees dur...
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WipEout developer SCE Studio Liverpool closed


Aug 22
// Jordan Devore
In a statement released today by Sony, it was announced that SCE Studio Liverpool has been shut down. Founded as Psygnosis, the developer was best known for its work on the WipEout series. "It has been decided that Liverpool ...
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'About 50 people' affected by layoffs at PopCap


Aug 21
// Jordan Devore
Following rumblings of layoffs at PopCap Games earlier today, co-founder John Vechey has commented on the company's "reorganization" in a blog post. Around 50 people have lost their jobs in North America, and Vechey says "we'...
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Slant Six hit with layoffs


Jun 12
// Chris Carter
Despite the fact that Resident Evil: Raccoon City was a success in Capcom's eyes, it seems that developer Slant Six can't catch a break. The developer recently informed GameSpot that more than a quarter of their workforce has...
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Layoffs and reorganization continue at Electronic Arts


Apr 26
// Fraser Brown
It looks like EA's "restructuring" just keeps on going. Up to 50 staff at EA Montreal may lose their jobs. EA confirmed this, but said that many of the staff will be moved to other projects and only a "small number" will leav...
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EA blows off layoff reports following BF3, SWTOR letdowns


Apr 16
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts is alleged to be cutting between 500 and 1,000 jobs due to Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic performing below expectations. EA has downplayed the reports, though it wouldn't deny that jobs have bee...
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The DTOID Show: Journey, FEZ, and Wasteland 2!


Mar 31
// Tara Long
Happy Friday, folks! In case you missed it, The Destructoid Show went live earlier today, and in addition to giving out four codes for Waveform on Steam, we also covered a metric shit-ton of news that happened recently - som...
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Sega hit hard: Restructure brings games cancellations


Mar 30
// Dale North
Sega HQ in Japan says that they're bracing for "extraordinary loss" for the fiscal year ending tomorrow, and will launch a plan to reform the company to be smaller and tighter, with a cost to the company coming in at around 7...

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