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The DTOID Show: XCOM DLC, Sim City, Zynga & Warfighter

Today on The Destructoid Show, we discuss XCOM: Enemy Unknown's upcoming Slingshot DLC, Sim City's momentary delay, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter's less-than-thrilling reception, and crappy ol' Zynga doing a bunch of crappy stuff. Again.

 
 
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Zynga lays off five percent of its full-time employees

There were a number of layoffs at Zynga today, as you might have heard from employees who were affected and quickly spread the word. An internal note from CEO Mark Pincus confirms much of what's been said about the significant changes that ...

 
 
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Starhawk developer Lightbox lays off 75% of its staff

"And yeah, its time for another drink..." Dylan Jobe, president of Lightbox Interactive, posted on Twitter, Tuesday. Sony made a gamble when it invested in Lightbox Interactive to make a competitive multiplayer shooter called Starhawk. Afte...

 
 
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Microsoft cuts Lionhead staff by 'less than 10%'

Following the completion of Fable: The Journey, Microsoft shaved somewhere under 10% of Lionhead Studios' workforce, the publisher told GI International this week.  "We are working closely with the affected employees during this diffic...

 
 
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WipEout developer SCE Studio Liverpool closed

In a statement released today by Sony, it was announced that SCE Studio Liverpool has been shut down. Founded as Psygnosis, the developer was best known for its work on the WipEout series. "It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should b...

 
 
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'About 50 people' affected by layoffs at PopCap

Following rumblings of layoffs at PopCap Games earlier today, co-founder John Vechey has commented on the company's "reorganization" in a blog post. Around 50 people have lost their jobs in North America, and Vechey says "we're talking to o...

 
 
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Slant Six hit with layoffs

Despite the fact that Resident Evil: Raccoon City was a success in Capcom's eyes, it seems that developer Slant Six can't catch a break. The developer recently informed GameSpot that more than a quarter of their workforce has been hit with ...

 
 
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Layoffs and reorganization continue at Electronic Arts

It looks like EA's "restructuring" just keeps on going. Up to 50 staff at EA Montreal may lose their jobs. EA confirmed this, but said that many of the staff will be moved to other projects and only a "small number" will leave the company. ...

 
 
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EA blows off layoff reports following BF3, SWTOR letdowns

Electronic Arts is alleged to be cutting between 500 and 1,000 jobs due to Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic performing below expectations. EA has downplayed the reports, though it wouldn't deny that jobs have been lost.  "...

 
 
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The DTOID Show: Journey, FEZ, and Wasteland 2!

Happy Friday, folks! In case you missed it, The Destructoid Show went live earlier today, and in addition to giving out four codes for Waveform on Steam, we also covered a metric shit-ton of news that happened recently - some good, some ba...

 
 
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Sega hit hard: Restructure brings games cancellations

Sega HQ in Japan says that they're bracing for "extraordinary loss" for the fiscal year ending tomorrow, and will launch a plan to reform the company to be smaller and tighter, with a cost to the company coming in at around 7.1 billion yen ...

 
 
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Layoffs at Obsidian: South Park team affected

Social buzz this morning pointed us to layoffs at Obsidian Entertainment, the developers behind the upcoming South Park RPG. Twitter, blogs and even Obsidian's forums have lit up with news of team members being dropped. Quick updates to the...

 
 
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Twisted Metal dev hit with layoffs, David Jaffe leaving

[Update: Jaffe has responded to today's news, confirming that layoffs were had, but addressing talk of casual development by saying, "I have zero plans to make games like FARMVILLE and ANGRY BIRDS. I never said what I was doing post TM ...&...

 
 
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THQ lays off 240, board of directors takes 50% pay cut

The hits just keep on coming for THQ. Last week, the publisher announced a shift away from licensed kids' games, likely related to poor multiplatform uDraw tablet sales. Yesterday, NASDAQ warned THQ that its underperforming stock, which is ...

 
 
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Warner Bros.' Seattle studio gives the gift of pink slips

The ugly trend of development studios letting staff go continues today with word of Warner Brothers' Seattle Studio having to cut staff across  a number of development teams. While no specific studios were named, the Seattle branch con...

 
 
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THQ realigns business, 200 jobs cut from studio closures

Some sad news out of THQ as the company has announced a "strategic realignment of its internal studio development teams." Basically, THQ is moving away from their kids and movie-based properties to focus on "high-quality owned IP with broad...

 
 
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Lay-offs hit Black Rock Studios

An anonymous source told Eurogamer last night that Split/Second and Pure developer Black Rock Studios is being hit with lay-offs. Supposedly, only 40 jobs are safe from termination with about 100 jobs at risk. Disney Interactive Studios has...

 
 
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SOE restructuring, layoffs coming, The Agency canceled

You might have heard rumors this week that SOE is preparing for layoffs. It turns out that some of those rumors are true. Destructoid contacted Sony Online Entertainment for an official statement earlier this morning. We now know that 205 e...

 
 
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Linden Labs has laid off almost a third of its employees

Second Life must be going through some hard times indeed. According to a press release, Linden Labs is cutting its workforce by roughly 30%. According to CEO Mark Kingdon, the restructuring will free the company to pursue new projects. Spec...

 
 
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Rumor: Game Room developer Krome hit with layoffs

Xbox LIVE Game Room developer Krome might have experienced yet another round of lay-offs. IGN's recent report on the matter states that, allegedly, around 30 people were handed pink slips "overnight." AusGamers is hearing something else: th...

 
 
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Rumor: Staff cuts hit Rebellion

Develop-Online is reporting that up to 20 Rebellion employee's have been let go from the Oxford studio. Rebellion's Derby location is reportedly no more as well. It's been known that the Derby studio has been facing some troubles since the ...

 
 
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Rumor: Prototype, Guitar Hero developers hit with layoffs

It's possible that two Activision-tied studios, Radical Entertainment and Neversoft, have been serving pink slips to their employees.According to Kotaku sources, Radical, developer of last year's open-world action game Prototype, might have...

 
 
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Namco Bandai posts huge losses, fires 10% of its staff

Looks like charging obscene amounts of money for terrible downloadable content didn't work out so well.  Namco Bandai has recorded a massive loss of ¥11.7bn (£81.3m / $129.5m) over the nine months ending December 31, aft...

 
 
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Cursed Mountain developer gets shut down

If you were a fan of the spooky Cursed Mountain, we have some bad news for you. Developer Deep Silver Vienna has closed its doors after only one game, due to financial issues. Probably because they developed an interesting Wii game, meaning...

 
 
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Crispy Gamer editorial staff fired, CEO quits in disgust

In news that has caused a flurry of shaking heads and angry Tweets from members of the gaming media, it has been revealed that Crispy Gamer's entire editorial staff has been laid off, a month after the company acquired the GamerDNA social n...

 
 




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