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Microsoft layoffs cut 18,000 workers

Nokia division hit hard
Jul 17
// Dale North
Microsoft says that they're working to realign their workforce, with the first step being a large scale workforce reduction of up to 18,000 jobs. They say that the vast majority of the jobs that will be eliminated will happen...
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Nintendo lays off around 130 employees in Germany

European headquarters moving to Frankfurt
Jun 06
// Jordan Devore
Layoffs happen frequently in this industry, but it's not very often you hear about Nintendo employees being let go. The company announced today via statement to Eurogamer that it intends to consolidate its European business b...

CCP layoffs: 49 employees cut today

Current projects not affected
Jun 05
// Dale North
Development of MMO World of Darkness shut down about a month or so ago. Now it seems that CCP is preparing to cut 49 jobs as part of a restructuring. Polygon has learned that a meeting at CCP's Icelandic offices is curre...
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Harmonix layoffs

Harmonix layoffs affect 37 staff members

Upcoming games not affected
May 29
// Dale North
Restructuring has Harmonix, the publisher behind the upcoming Kickstarted Amplitude remake, cutting 37 full-time positions. This shift also has CEO Alex Rigopulos moving into a new role as Chief Creative Officer, with Steve J...
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Layoffs at Rare as studio undergoes 'methodology' change

Around 20 employees laid off
May 19
// Jordan Devore
It seems Rare's latest, Kinect: Sports Rivals, wasn't able to meet expectations. CVG has learned from sources that "just under" 20 staffers were laid off, including long-time programmer Chris Sutherland (Donkey Kong Country, ...

Evolution founder reveals new studio, Starship

Just after three Sony studios saw layoffs
Mar 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
This week we learned that Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Cambridge, and SCE London Studio were all hit with layoffs. Following the layoffs came the reveal of Starship studio, a new outfit by Martin Kenwright, founder of Ev...
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God of War dev layoffs

'Sometimes, a project needs a reboot:' Sony explains Santa Monica layoffs

Still mum on what potential PS4 project was cancelled
Mar 07
// Steven Hansen
God of War developer Sony Santa Monica was hit with layoffs recently. PlayStation head of internal software development Scott Rohde spoke with IGN about the layoffs, offering little consolation in the vague explanation. "Ther...
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Disney Interactive lays off 700 employees to 'double down on mobile'

Social gaming isn't what it used to be
Mar 06
// Jordan Devore
There was talk of significant layoffs at Disney Interactive last month and today was the day it went down: the company has laid off approximately 700 employees, amounting to 26 percent of its global workforce, reports The New...
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Now that Thief is out, Eidos Montreal lays off 27 people

'War makes thieves and peace hangs them'
Mar 05
// Steven Hansen
AAA development works, the large studio tells you. "Yes it is true we've let 27 people go today," its press release reads as you imagine it dabbing crocodile tears with a fan of c-notes. "Unfortunately it's something that ev...
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Cancelled project at Sony Santa Monica was new open world sci-fi IP

Game rumored to debut at E3
Mar 01
// Wesley Ruscher
Following the recent layoffs that hit Sony Santa Monica earlier this week is the confirmation that a new title the developer was working on has been cancelled. The game, a new sci-fi themed open world IP was apparently f...
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Sony Santa Monica has been hit with layoffs

And possibly a game cancellation
Feb 25
// Jordan Devore
God of War developer Sony Santa Monica has undergone layoffs as first rumored earlier today and later confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment America. "This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority g...
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Disney Infinity

Marvel, Star Wars reportedly next for Disney Infinity

Significant layoffs at Disney Interactive also rumored
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
The Wall Street Journal reports there are indeed plans for characters from the Marvel and Star Wars properties to be brought into Disney Infinity. That's the good news here. Take a moment to make the most of it and refle...
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World of Darkness

CCP laid off 15 people working on World of Darkness MMO

The game is still in development though
Dec 12
// Joshua Derocher
CCP is best known for creating EVE Online, but they have another MMO in the works called World of Darkness, which is based on the popular vampire and werewolf pen and paper games of the same name. CCP told Polygon that they h...
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Sony Pictures looking to make $100 million in cuts

Aye captain, there be a storm comin'
Nov 21
// Abel Girmay
Coming off of a very successful console launch, Sony is looking to trim some fat in other parts of the company. The subject of these trimmings, Sony Pictures, is reportedly going to see $100 million worth of cuts, includin...
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2K Marin layoffs

BioShock 2, The Bureau dev 2K Marin 'essentially' closed

Bureau of bad news
Oct 18
// Steven Hansen
Yesterday, Polygon got word of a massive layoff that hit BioShock 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified developer 2K Marin. "We can confirm staff reductions at 2K Marin," the statement read. "While these were difficult decisio...

Sega of America hit with layoffs

A small number of layoffs, apparently
Oct 02
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...

This game industry layoff list site is a huge bummer

Sep 05
// Dale North
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 ...
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EA Phenomic has reportedly been shut down

Real-time strategy developer hit hard
Jul 12
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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Capcom layoffs

Capcom undergoing reorganization, senior VP leaves

'I've been ready to go for quite some time'
Jul 11
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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IO focusing on Hitman

IO cancels projects to focus on new Hitman game

Nearly half of IO laid off
Jun 17
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Electronic Arts

EA Partners still 'open for business'

Labels boss clears up confusion
Jun 10
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Zynga shutting down Draw Something developer OMGPOP

More layoff news
Jun 04
// Jordan Devore
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,...
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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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Slant Six Games laying off staff temporarily

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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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 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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