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Rehires at RealTime Worlds mark good news for a change

By on August 20, 2010

I may have been hasty in adding the entire staff of RealTime Worlds to the Job Loss Tracker.

GamaSutra and GamesIndustry.biz report three bits of good news:

  • RealTime Worlds has recruited back 23 of the 60 staff who worked on Project MyWorld. Those 60 were laid off from RealTime Worlds last week.
  • The company has retained 53 staff in the UK
  • The company has retained 14 in the US.

I had previously tracked a total of 302 job losses at RealTime Worlds: 60 from Project MyWorld, 200 in the UK and 42 in the US.

The current actual figures are 37 for Project MyWorld, 147 in the UK and 28 in the UK, a total of 212.

I’ll update the Job Loss Tracker. Note that I do not expect anyone to save APB, which means that the 67 staff still employed by RealTimeWorlds for APB are likely to be benefiting from a stay of execution, not a reprieve.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: thecurveonline.com