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1:00 AM on 10.02.2013

Sega of America hit with layoffs

Sega of America confirmed today an undisclosed number of layoffs, Venture Beat reports. A spokeswoman for the company had this to say: “As the gaming industry continues to evolve, companies must adapt and adjust in orde...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:45 AM on 09.05.2013

This game industry layoff list site is a huge bummer

Check out site Game Job Watch and be bummed out for the rest of the day. It's essentially a running list of industry job losses. Double up on the bummer with their Twitter feed. At the site, click on any company logo to ...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 07.12.2013

EA Phenomic has reportedly been shut down

The Frankfurt, Germany-based EA Phenomic has been shut down, reports GamesIndustry International. While EA would not specifically confirm the closure, the company did give a response that doesn't inspire much confidence: "As ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 07.11.2013

Capcom undergoing reorganization, senior VP leaves

Those who follow Capcom will surely recognize the name Christian Svensson. He was the senior vice president and, in many ways, the face of the company due to his willingness to candidly interact with fans. He was pretty much ...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 06.17.2013

IO cancels projects to focus on new Hitman game

When you think of IO Interactive, Hitman comes to mind. Maybe Kane & Lynch or Freedom Fighters as well -- sorry to reopen old wounds -- but the long-running stealth franchise is certainly right up in there. We'l...

Jordan Devore

10:38 AM on 06.10.2013

EA Partners still 'open for business'

Amidst the layoffs at Electronic Arts earlier this year, word got out that the company's Partners label -- known for games like Bulletstorm, Crysis, and more recently Fuse -- was going away. Speaking to Polygon, EA Labels pre...

Jordan Devore





4:30 PM on 06.04.2013

Zynga shutting down Draw Something developer OMGPOP

It came out this week that social gaming giant Zynga had laid off 520 employees (approximately 18 percent of its global workforce), which ended up meaning full office closures in some cases. Joining the shutdowns in New York,...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 06.03.2013

Major layoffs happening at Zynga

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...

Abel Girmay

7:00 PM on 05.11.2013

Layoffs hit GREE offices in San Francisco

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 ...

Kyle MacGregor

9:30 PM on 04.26.2013

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

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...

Max Scoville

4:45 PM on 04.25.2013

'Hard but essential' EA restructuring results in layoffs

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 ...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 04.12.2013

Slant Six Games laying off staff temporarily

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...

Harry Monogenis

8:00 PM on 04.11.2013

EA Montreal faces more layoffs, rumored studio closure

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...

Allistair Pinsof

1:15 PM on 04.03.2013

Deadpool developer High Moon Studios hit with layoffs

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...

Jordan Devore



Disney shuts down LucasArts photo
Disney shuts down LucasArts
by Jim Sterling

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 name for externally developed Star Wars titles. A round of layoffs has been had as a result. 

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," claims the company. "As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

R.I.P. LucasArts, and best wishes to those who have lost their jobs.

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6:15 PM on 03.21.2013

Twisted Pixel dev: Game industry is struggling, not dying

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....

Tony Ponce