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DeNA

Nintendo's new mobile partner goes through large number of layoffs


DeNA
Apr 13
Japanese mobile studio DeNA recently made headlines after five years of spurned advances finally led to a partnership with Nintendo so the former could make mobile games using Nintendo's characters. DeNA also just released th... read
Driveclub

Driveclub developer hit with layoffs; game now considered a service


So no more MotorStorm then?
Mar 19
The life of Driveclub has not been easy. From delays to broken promises, what was to be a flagship title for the PlayStation 4 has become somewhat of a joke -- whether actually deserved or not. And even though we can debate i... read
Layoffs at Double Fine

Double Fine lays off twelve staff members


Unannounced title canceled when publishing deal falls through
Nov 24
Double Fine Productions confirmed with Games Industry International last Friday that it had to lay off twelve staff members due to a publishing deal falling through on an unannounced title. "One of our unannounced p... read

Nintendo Europe lays off 320 employees this week


130 full-time and 190 temp
Aug 29
Remember how we heard that Nintendo Europe will lay off 130 employees last month? It gets worse. Those 130 full-time employees will lose their jobs this week, as will an additional 190 from their localization department ... read
Sucker punched

Infamous developer Sucker Punch sees layoffs


Sucker punched
Aug 20
With development on the standalone Infamous: First Light wrapping up, developer Sucker Punch has seen a round of layoffs. Sony confirmed in a statement to Eurogamer, "SCEE can confirm a reduction in workforce h... read

Microsoft layoffs cut 18,000 workers


Nokia division hit hard
Jul 17
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... read
Layoffs

Nintendo lays off around 130 employees in Germany


European headquarters moving to Frankfurt
Jun 06
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... read

CCP layoffs: 49 employees cut today


Current projects not affected
Jun 05
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... read
Harmonix layoffs

Harmonix layoffs affect 37 staff members


Upcoming games not affected
May 29
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... read
Rare

Layoffs at Rare as studio undergoes 'methodology' change


Around 20 employees laid off
May 19
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, ... read

Evolution founder reveals new studio, Starship


Just after three Sony studios saw layoffs
Mar 26
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... read
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
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... read
Layoffs

Disney Interactive lays off 700 employees to 'double down on mobile'


Social gaming isn't what it used to be
Mar 06
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... read
Layoffs

Now that Thief is out, Eidos Montreal lays off 27 people


'War makes thieves and peace hangs them'
Mar 05
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... read
Layoffs

Cancelled project at Sony Santa Monica was new open world sci-fi IP


Game rumored to debut at E3
Mar 01
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... read
Layoffs

Sony Santa Monica has been hit with layoffs


And possibly a game cancellation
Feb 25
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... read
Disney Infinity

Marvel, Star Wars reportedly next for Disney Infinity


Significant layoffs at Disney Interactive also rumored
Feb 03
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... read
World of Darkness

CCP laid off 15 people working on World of Darkness MMO


The game is still in development though
Dec 12
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... read
Sony

Sony Pictures looking to make $100 million in cuts


Aye captain, there be a storm comin'
Nov 21
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... read
2K Marin layoffs

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


Bureau of bad news
Oct 18
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... read

Sega of America hit with layoffs


A small number of layoffs, apparently
Oct 02
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... read

This game industry layoff list site is a huge bummer


Ugh.
Sep 05
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 ... read
Layoffs

EA Phenomic has reportedly been shut down


Real-time strategy developer hit hard
Jul 12
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 ... read
Capcom layoffs

Capcom undergoing reorganization, senior VP leaves


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

IO cancels projects to focus on new Hitman game


Nearly half of IO laid off
Jun 17
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... read
Electronic Arts

EA Partners still 'open for business'


Labels boss clears up confusion
Jun 10
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... read
Zynga

Zynga shutting down Draw Something developer OMGPOP


More layoff news
Jun 04
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,... read
Zynga

Major layoffs happening at Zynga


Approximately 18 percent of staff cut
Jun 03
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... read
GREE layoffs

Layoffs hit GREE offices in San Francisco


Mobile and social game company lays off 30 employees
May 11
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 ... read
The DTOID Show

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


The Destructoid Show holds up a single banana
Apr 26
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... read






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