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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...

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...


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...

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...

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 ...

'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'...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Layoffs at Obsidian: South Park team affected

Mar 14
// Dale North
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...

Twisted Metal dev hit with layoffs, David Jaffe leaving

Feb 07
// Jim Sterling
[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...

THQ lays off 240, board of directors takes 50% pay cut

Feb 01 // Samit Sarkar
THQ expects that the layoffs will cost about $8.5 million -- $8 million in severance for affected employees, and $0.5 million in contract terminations -- and that the company will incur additional costs of $2.5 million for abandoning other "fixed assets." Most of the layoffs will come before the end of the company's 2012 fiscal year on March 31, and the rest will occur between then and the end of the fiscal second quarter on September 30.The same SEC document noted that THQ president and CEO Brian Farrell's base salary will drop by 50%, from $718,500 to $359,250, for one year as of February 13, 2012. In addition, if THQ fires him "without cause" or if he resigns for "good reason," the bonus-based part of his severance package will now match his highest-ever annual bonus, instead of being three times as much as that previous high. The non-employee members of the company's board of directors (i.e., everyone except Farrell) are also taking a 50% pay cut for a year, although their cuts go into effect today.THQ has promised further details in its third-quarter conference call, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.THQ Investor Relations - SEC Form 8-K, 02/01/2012 [THQ]

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 s...


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

Nov 05
// Victoria Medina
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...

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 owne...


Lay-offs hit Black Rock Studios

May 05
// Maurice Tan
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...

SOE restructuring, layoffs coming, The Agency canceled

Mar 31
// Dale North
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 ...

Linden Labs has laid off almost a third of its employees

Jun 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...

Rumor: Game Room developer Krome hit with layoffs

Apr 22
// Brad Nicholson
Xbox LIVE Game Room developer Krome might have experienced yet another round of lay-offs. IGN's recent report on the matter states that, allegedly, around 30 people were handed pink slips "overnight." AusGamers is hearing som...

We're turning comments off for a bit

Apr 01
// Niero Desu
Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand. What is normally a charged -- but fun -- e...

Rumor: Staff cuts hit Rebellion

Mar 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Develop-Online is reporting that up to 20 Rebellion employee's have been let go from the Oxford studio. Rebellion's Derby location is reportedly no more as well. It's been known that the Derby studio has been facing some trou...

Rumor: Prototype, Guitar Hero developers hit with layoffs

Feb 11
// Brad Nicholson
It's possible that two Activision-tied studios, Radical Entertainment and Neversoft, have been serving pink slips to their employees.According to Kotaku sources, Radical, developer of last year's open-world action game Protot...

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