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2:00 PM on 08.22.2012

WipEout developer SCE Studio Liverpool closed

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 ...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 08.21.2012

'About 50 people' affected by layoffs at PopCap

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'...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 06.12.2012

Slant Six hit with layoffs

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...

Chris Carter



THQ closes San Diego studio photo
THQ closes San Diego studio
by Holly Green

Amid the landslide of E3 stories today comes some very sad news. THQ has officially shut the doors on its San Diego studio, laying off all their employees. While likely sandwiched in with E3 news to lessen the reaction from the gaming community, THQ just confirmed the news in a statement to Destructoid:

THQ confirms that today's announcement regarding the UFC license transition will affect the company's San Diego studio. THQ is working closely with those relevant staff to either find possible employment within the company, or potentially with EA.

As the spokesperson notes, this move is a result of THQ selling its UFC license -- the San Diego studio developed THQ's UFC Undisputed games, as well as last year's WWE All-Stars -- so it may not come as a complete shock. Hopefully the employees affected will be able to continue their work with EA or THQ. It seems there are just too many layoffs in this industry these days.

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2:00 AM on 04.26.2012

Layoffs and reorganization continue at Electronic Arts

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...

Fraser Brown

11:30 AM on 04.16.2012

EA blows off layoff reports following BF3, SWTOR letdowns

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...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 03.31.2012

The DTOID Show: Journey, FEZ, and Wasteland 2!

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...

Tara Long

11:00 AM on 03.30.2012

Sega hit hard: Restructure brings games cancellations

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...

Dale North

10:45 AM on 03.14.2012

Layoffs at Obsidian: South Park team affected

Social buzz this morning pointed us to layoffs at Obsidian Entertainment, the developers behind the upcoming South Park RPG. Twitter, blogs and even Obsidian's forums have lit up with news of team members being dropped. Quick...

Dale North

7:54 AM on 02.07.2012

Twisted Metal dev hit with layoffs, David Jaffe leaving

[Update: Jaffe has responded to today's news, confirming that layoffs were had, but addressing talk of casual development by saying, "I have zero plans to make games like FARMVILLE and ANGRY BIRDS. I never said what I was doi...

Jim Sterling



THQ lays off 240, board of directors takes 50% pay cut photo
THQ lays off 240, board of directors takes 50% pay cut
by Samit Sarkar

The hits just keep on coming for THQ. Last week, the publisher announced a shift away from licensed kids' games, likely related to poor multiplatform uDraw tablet sales. Yesterday, NASDAQ warned THQ that its underperforming stock, which is currently trading at $0.72/share, could be delisted in six months.

Today, THQ revealed in an SEC filing that it will be laying off up to 240 "selling, general and administrative personnel" worldwide as a result of the corporate restructuring brought on by the aforementioned business strategy change. When reached for comment, a THQ representative confirmed to Destructoid that the layoffs won't affect any of the publisher's five internal studios: THQ Studio San Diego (WWE); THQ Studio Montreal (unannounced new IP); Volition, Inc. (Saints Row); Relic Entertainment (Warhammer); and Vigil Games (Darksiders).

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6:15 PM on 11.05.2011

Warner Bros.' Seattle studio gives the gift of pink slips

The ugly trend of development studios letting staff go continues today with word of Warner Brothers' Seattle Studio having to cut staff across  a number of development teams. While no specific studios were named, the Sea...

Victoria Medina



THQ realigns business, 200 jobs cut from studio closures photo
THQ realigns business, 200 jobs cut from studio closures
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Some sad news out of THQ as the company has announced a "strategic realignment of its internal studio development teams." Basically, THQ is moving away from their kids and movie-based properties to focus on "high-quality owned IP with broad appeal that can be leveraged across multiple platforms."

The shift in focus has thus caused 200 people to lose their jobs and has seen the two THQ studios in Australia and and one in Phoenix to be shut down. At the very least, all affected employees can still apply for any open positions in other THQ studios that are still operational, which are now comprised of these five main branches:

  • THQ Montreal (Unannounced new IP)
  • Volition (Saints Row: The Third, inSANE)
  • Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes, Space Marine)
  • Vigil Games (Darksiders II)
  • THQ San Diego (WWE)

Additionally, THQ has thrown in the towel on the MX Vs ATV franchise. In case you forgot, the Red Faction series was put to rest just last week. Oh, don't worry about the Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Online game for Facebook. It's safe. Thank Christ.

Sad news all around. We wish all those affected the best of luck at finding news gigs.

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11:40 AM on 05.05.2011

Lay-offs hit Black Rock Studios

An anonymous source told Eurogamer last night that Split/Second and Pure developer Black Rock Studios is being hit with lay-offs. Supposedly, only 40 jobs are safe from termination with about 100 jobs at risk. Disney Interact...

Maurice Tan

1:17 PM on 03.31.2011

SOE restructuring, layoffs coming, The Agency canceled

You might have heard rumors this week that SOE is preparing for layoffs. It turns out that some of those rumors are true. Destructoid contacted Sony Online Entertainment for an official statement earlier this morning. We now ...

Dale North





1:00 AM on 06.10.2010

Linden Labs has laid off almost a third of its employees

Second Life must be going through some hard times indeed. According to a press release, Linden Labs is cutting its workforce by roughly 30%. According to CEO Mark Kingdon, the restructuring will free the company to pursue new...

Conrad Zimmerman