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Report: Sleeping Dogs developer United Front Games has closed

It seems that United Front Games, the developer behind Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Modnation Racers, and LittleBigPlanet Karting, has closed its doors in Vancouver, Canada with reports that all employees were let go some...   read


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...   read


Ubisoft shutters Casablanca studio

Of all the video game studios, in all the towns, in all the world, Ubisoft will be shutting down its satellite office in Casablanca, Morocco on June 13, the company announced Thursday. Ubisoft let the studio know of its plans last week, and...   read

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Studio Closure

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...   read

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Choice Provisions

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...   read

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Geist developer closed down after 21 years

Orlando-based developer N-Space has shut down after 21 years in the business.  Founded in 1994, N-Space spent the majority of its history working on ports for Nintendo platforms and licensed games. However, the studio is perhaps better...   read

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Lionhead Studios

Microsoft cancels Fable Legends, and is 'in discussions' to shut down Lionhead Studios

Microsoft has announced that it is 'in discussions' with Lionhead Studios, Peter Molyneux’s former studio and developer of Black & White and Fable, to shut the studio down. In a statement made on the Xbox site, it was confirmed th...   read

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Square shuts down company

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...   read

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Agatsuma Entertainment

Code of Princess publisher closes its doors

Code of Princess publisher Agatsuma Entertainment announced its closure this week. Citing financial difficulties, the studio dissolved Friday with plans to fully liquidate by March 31, 2016. Established in Tokyo in 1997, Agatsuma, in additi...   read

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Rebellion has bought the 'Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries' IP

A while ago, we reported that developer GRIN was closing down. Unfortunately, this meant all of the physical Kickstarter rewards for its game Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries would not be given to backers, and there would be no more of the Wool...   read


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Woolfe - The Red Hood Diaries developer GRIN shuts down, can't deliver Kickstarter rewards

GRIN, developer of the Kickstarted game Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, has shut down due to the game being a commercial flop. It has filed for bankruptcy, and rewards promised to Kickstarter backers will not be honoured. In a lengthy blog po...   read

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Imageepoch has filed for bankruptcy

Keeping track of what’s going on at Japanese developer Imageepoch has been one hell of a ride. Imageepoch was well known for games such as Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon, and Arc Rise Fantasia. Last month the CEO, Ryoei Mikage, just va...   read

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Spark Unlimited's ironically lost its spark and shut down

Developer of Legendary, Lost Planet 3, and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Spark Unlimited has closed up shop and laid off all of its staff after 13 years of game development. As reported by Polygon, the company’s assets were found up for sale ...   read

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2K Australia

2K Australia completely demolished

Today is truly a sad day for the Australian game development scene as the country's final AAA game development studio, 2K Australia in Canberra, is being closed down. Most recently known for developing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The entir...   read

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Human Element put on hold as Robert Bowling's Robotoki closes

It was less than two months ago when Robotoki's Human Element was showcased with a premier spot during The Game Awards 2014. Today, the studio closes its doors and puts the game on indefinite hold. According to a report from Joystiq, ...   read


Blacklight developer Zombie Studios closes doors

Zombie Studios, the developer behind Blacklight and responsible for launching the Spec Ops series, has stated they are shutting down operations after more than two decades in the industry. The announcement comes by way of a brief ...   read

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Electronic Arts closes Mythic Entertainment

Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online developer Mythic Entertainment is no more, another casualty of Electronic Arts. The studio closure was confirmed in a statement to Kotaku: "We are closing the EA Mythic location in Fairfax, Virginia,...   read

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Studio Closure

Development studio Terminal Reality has shut down

2013 hasn't been to kind to struggling game studios, and it appears we've got another casualty before this rocky year in gaming closes out. It is now reported that the Texas-based game studio, Terminal Reality, has shut down. In a new repor...   read

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Rune Factory

Rune Factory studio shuts down, declares bankruptcy

Rune Factory developer Neverland has closed its doors, according to a statement on the company's official website. The studio ceased operations today and announced plans to file for bankruptcy in the near future. Struggling with mounting de...   read

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Death Inc.

Death Inc. maker Ambient Studios to close

Defence Grid 2 being picked up shows that there can be life after a failed Kickstarter project but it seems that's a rare situation. GamesIndustry International is reporting that is the case with Ambient Studios, developer of Death Inc, who...   read

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Sega Studios Australia

Sega is shuttering its Australia studio

Last year, Sega vowed to restructure, and the company is certainly making good on its word. Sega confirmed to Kotaku that it will be closing the doors of Sega Studios Australia. Sega released a statement noting that it couldn't co...   read

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LucasArts shut down

Disney shuts down LucasArts

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 name for externall...   read

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Gaming isn't dead yet

Twisted Pixel dev: Game industry is struggling, not dying

In the wake of massive studio closures these past few years, not to mention other eye-opening events like John Riccitello's resignation as CEO of Electronic Arts, it's hard to have a positive outlook on the industry's future. Three years ag...   read

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Studio closure

Jerry Bruckheimer Games is no more

Do you remember Jerry Bruckheimer Games? You would be forgiven if you didn't. After we first heard that the studio would be partnering with MTV in 2007, and then that it had acquired talent from Microsoft and Ubisoft in 2009, it appare...   read

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Hell Yeah!

Hell Yeah developer to cease making games

Aurelien Regard, creative director and co-founder of Arkedo, announced today that the studio no longer plans to produce any new games. The company hasn't been shut down or gone bankrupt, but there are no more employees at the French develop...   read

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