dark        
 
 

#layoffs

FRONT PAGE


 photo

Hitman developer IO Interactive is laying off employees

Not even two weeks have passed since Square Enix decided to drop IO Interactive, but people are already losing jobs while the company continues searching for a new parent. The Hitman developer posted an update on Twitter, stating ...

 
 
 
 photo

PlayStation San Diego studio suffers layoffs (Update)

[Update: PlayStation responded to our inquiry. The layoffs were confined to a certain team, and the studio has not closed. Here's PlayStation's response in full: "We can confirm there has been a reduction in headcount at San Diego Stud...

 
 
RIP Windows Phone photo

Microsoft cuts 1,850 jobs winding down phone business

The Windows Phone operating system looks like it's going the way of Zune as Microsoft announced 1,850 layoffs in its phone sector and an associated $950 million write-off ($200 million of which is reserved for severance pay). Of that number...

 
 
Studio Closure photo

Report: Gameloft closing Spanish studio

Gameloft is shuttering its studio in Valencia, Spain, Gamasutra reports. The location closed its doors this week and its 18 employees are now out of work, according to an unnamed source, who suggests this was a skeleton crew left behind aft...

 
 
Choice Provisions photo

Bit.Trip studio lays off employees at San Francisco office

Bit.Trip developer Choice Provisions (née Gaijin Games) has closed its San Francisco office.  "Over the past few years, the game industry has changed so dramatically that a mid-sized studio operating as we have for the past...

 
 
ACTIVISION photo

Activision layoffs at Guitar Hero Live studio

Activision Blizzard is shedding staff at Guitar Hero Live developer Freestyle Games. After announcing layoffs at multiple internal studios in a open call to investors back in February, the publisher confirmed Freestyle was among those affec...

 
 
Sega photo

Layoffs reported at Sega's mobile division

Sega is laying off employees at its western mobile division Sega Networks and Three Rings Design, a development studio focused on developing online games. Speaking with VentureBeat, Sega asserted the "reduction in workforce" was a response ...

 
 
 
Gigantic photo

Gigantic developer Motiga announces layoffs

Just over two months after its most recent layoff announcement, Gigantic developer Motiga has announced another round of redundancies. Motiga CEO Chris Chung made the announcement on the site's official blog earlier today, citing the s...

 
 
Square shuts down company photo

Cloud none: Square Enix to dissolve Shinra Technologies

In late 2014 Square Enix announced the formation of a new subsidiary company, Shinra Technologies. The Final Fantasy VII-nodding company name works on two levels, as Shinra's focus was cloud gaming, aiming to "break the stranglehold of havi...

 
 
Konami LA closure photo

Konami confirms closure of US-based Metal Gear Online studio

Konami has confirmed yesterday's reports that it closed Konami LA, the studio responsible for the Metal Gear Online portion of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Los Angeles studio, formerly Kojima Productions LA before Konami scrubb...

 
 
Avalanche Studios photo

Avalanche Studios just cut a handful of jobs

Avalanche Studios, the developer of Just Cause 3 and Mad Max, cut roughly 24 staff across its Stockholm and New York studios, as its current round of projects came to a close. In a statement to Game Informer, Avalanche stated it had to let ...

 
 
Humble Bundle photo

Humble Bundle let go 20% of its staff

Looks like trouble is brewing over at Humble Bundle. The bundle and game store site has had to let go up to 20% of its staff due to “too ambitious expansion.” Talking to Polygon, anonymous sources claim that the job losses happe...

 
 
 
 
Layoffs at Double Fine photo

Double Fine lays off twelve staff members

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 projects was une...

 
 
 photo

Nintendo Europe lays off 320 employees this week

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 in Germany, rep...

 
 
Sucker punched photo

Infamous developer Sucker Punch sees layoffs

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 has taken place ...

 
 
 photo

Microsoft layoffs cut 18,000 workers

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 in the next si...

 
 
Layoffs photo

Nintendo lays off around 130 employees in Germany

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 by closing its G...

 
 
 photo

CCP layoffs: 49 employees cut today

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 currently being held...

 
 
Harmonix layoffs photo

Harmonix layoffs affect 37 staff members

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 Janiak taking ov...

 
 
Rare photo

Layoffs at Rare as studio undergoes 'methodology' change

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, Banjo-Kazooie) ...

 
 
 photo

Evolution founder reveals new studio, Starship

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 Evolution Studios...

 
 




EG: Shopping & Readership Survey

Tell us about your hobbies and shopping interests, enter to win an Amazon gift card:

Reviews   filter by...

Tokyo Dark"All the Dark and Doors you can ask for, without the pesky Disney friends"

 

SteamWorld Dig 2"Ooh child, things are gonna get easier"

 

Samurai Shodown V Special (PS4)"When I say, 'Who's the master?' you say?"

 

West of Loathing"Wicky wicky wild wild west"

 

Atomega"Stunted growth"

 

Preacher (Season 2)"Adapting the unadaptable"

 
 
 

Community Blogs | expand

 

Quickposts expand | +quickpost

Dere

I am pixelated! Thanks to Dangus Hes such a Dangus Taargus

 
Gamemaniac3434

Welp, just finished a 32 hour book on the rise and fall of Prussia named The Iron Was a damn interesting look at how germany came about and the politics of things as it evolved, finishing up at around the end of WW2 with prussias final

 
Dangus Taargus

Should I play Megaman & Bass? Im at the last Wily stage in 8 and I cant decide if I should play it before 9 and 10 or skip It seems to be a divisive spin-off game worth passing Also, jump, jump, fuck Megaman 8, slide,

 
Dere

Been busy this Just wanted to stop in to say penis

 
Michformer

My recent interest in works dealing with alternate history and World War I inspired me to draw this swell fellow I dubbed Tally

 
TricerArocK

Capcom used MCU characters, but could not get the rights for They approximated them and it is They could not go too though the Capcom side is cartoon Capcom literally used The Uncanny Valley as their

 
chlmera

Man, I know its just the Ghbili style, but I love the character designs for Ni No Kuni 2, especially Roland, he looks like a cross between Ghibli and Tezuka to me, I like how theres actually a more adult character instead of just

 
Nathan D

Prey 17 is cool, but I cant believe it shows you a stock tutorial screen to say that there are multiple solutions to Like really, in a game thats meant to appeal to Deus Ex and Shock series Game designers really think were

 
Bob The God Lawyer

Dear Destructoid,

 
Avoclefo

Hey can anybody recommend some good bossa nova tracks? Also happy birthday to everyone who had one these past few days!

 
 

Upcoming

More Previews
 

Destructoid Originals

More Originals
 
 
 
NEXT