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Sucker punched

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 ...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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Layoffs

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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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Harmonix layoffs

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...   read

 
 
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Rare

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) ...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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God of War dev layoffs

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

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. "There's not a singl...   read

 
 
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Layoffs

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

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 York Times. "W...   read

 
 
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Layoffs

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

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 every major studi...   read

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

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 four years in th...   read

 
 
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Layoffs

Sony Santa Monica has been hit with layoffs

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 growth areas wit...   read

 
 
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Disney Infinity

Marvel, Star Wars reportedly next for Disney Infinity

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 reflect on who you'd...   read

 
 
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World of Darkness

CCP laid off 15 people working on World of Darkness MMO

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 had laid off 15 ...   read

 
 
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Sony

Sony Pictures looking to make $100 million in cuts

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, including job losses. A...   read

 
 
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2K Marin layoffs

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

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 decisions, we regularl...   read

 
 
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Sega of America hit with layoffs

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 order to compete an...   read

 
 
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This game industry layoff list site is a huge bummer

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 see the last lo...   read

 
 
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EA Phenomic has reportedly been shut down

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 part of EA's re...   read

 
 
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Capcom layoffs

Capcom undergoing reorganization, senior VP leaves

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 all we had foll...   read

 
 
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IO focusing on Hitman

IO cancels projects to focus on new Hitman game

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'll be seeing mor...   read

 
 
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Electronic Arts

EA Partners still 'open for business'

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 president Frank Gi...   read

 
 
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Zynga

Zynga shutting down Draw Something developer OMGPOP

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, Dallas, and Lo...   read

 
 
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Zynga

Major layoffs happening at Zynga

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 Los Angeles, D...   read

 
 
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GREE layoffs

Layoffs hit GREE offices in San Francisco

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 social games," ...   read

 
 
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