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Funcom and Transmission Games both announce job losses
- Funcom, the publicly-listed developer/publisher of Age of Conan is still struggling. In an attempt to cut costs, it is slashing 20% of its workforce (60 people, mainly in its home country of Norway) and trying to shift much of the rest of it to Canada to benefit from tax breaks.
- Australia’s Transmission Games has made 20 staff redundant following the release of Ashes Cricket.
Is the new economic reality seeing companies trim staff at the end of their projects, hoping to hire them back as contractors at the height of their next game? And if so, does that mean that the Hollywood model of freelancers is finally coming to games?
An update yesterday suggested that Transmission Games may have had 30 layoffs, not 20
(Added to the Job Loss Tracker, naturally.)