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I’ve been very slow at reporting on job losses in the games industry for a while. That’s what happens when you get crazy busy working for clients, while also working on a very exciting secret project for the game development scene. (Well, I think it’s exciting).
So, as a bit of a downer, here are the job losses I’ve missed in the first month of 2010 (and a few that were earlier).
February 3rd, 2010
According to GamaSutra, “Publisher THQ announced it would be refocusing its Juice Games and Rainbow Studios on digital distribution — and cutting 60 jobs as part of the strategy.”
Deep Silver Vienna
February 1st, 2010
Deep Silver has closed its Vienna studio with the loss of 20 jobs. The company was formed by Rockstar Vienna veterans Niki Laber and Hannes Seifert as Games That Matter in 2007.
Deep Silver itself is a subsidiary of Koch Media.
January 29th, 2010
SCEE has announced that the Liverpool studio is being restructured as part of a “project prioritisation”. Gamesindustry.biz says that the company will seek to relocate staff but “some redundancies may be necessary”. Develop reports one insider saying that “around half us may be gone”.
January 28th, 2010
DR Studios has told GamesIndustry.biz that it has made a handful of redundancies as it restructures it serious games and development teams. Four staff have been laid off, with over 30 team members remaining.
Red 5 Games
January 26th, 2010
A deeply undignified spat between EA and Benchmark Capital has obscured the situation at Red 5 Games (more about that in another post).
GamaSutra quotes “a reliable source close to the company” saying that the company underwent a round of layoffs. It estimated that 30 people were made redundant, and reported that the company had 100 staff in December 2008.
Kotaku claims the company now has only 30 staff, although it notes that Red 5 closed its Shanghai office last year.
January 21st, 2010
Following the recent acquisition of games social network GamerDNA, Crispy Gamer appears to have imploded.
The entire editorial staff, consisting of nine people, have been laid off with immediate effect. CEO Chris Heldman resigned in protest at the decision.
Crispy Gamer raised $8.25 million from Constellation Ventures with a strategy of competing with the likes of IGN and Gamespot by refusing to run ads for games.
January 13th, 2010
Kuju has announced the closure of its development studio in Manila.
January 5th, 2010
Czech Java games developer Nostromo has entered administration, according to MobileGamesBlog. The company has been making mobile games since 2002.
December 11th, 2009
Harmonix has axed 10% of its staff, or 39 people, in a round of redundancies that have mainly affected the QA team.
December 9th, 2009
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Mac specialists Aspyr Media has laid off as much as 50% of its staff in December 2009.
Added to the Job Loss Tracker.