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Tom Clancy studio Red Storm lays off 38

By on August 27, 2010

Ubisoft has confirmed that Red Storm Entertainment has laid off 38 employees in its North Carolina studio.

More details at GamaSutra.

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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
  • Keith

    I don’t quite get all thsi lay-off news. I see the games business as being robust, especially with the rise of the indies, and the industry is way more successful than the poor old film biz – so why the lay-offs? Is this the best time ever to start your own thing?

  • http://www.gamesbrief.com Nicholas Lovell

    It’s a good questin, Keith. I think there are two reasons:
    - projects are very lumpy, yet the game industry persists in hiring people full time, rather than using contractors. If the film business had to have everybody who works on a film on the payroll, there would be a bloodbath of redundancies every time a film wrapped.
    - the industry is going through a transition from lots of boxed product games to fewer tentpole games and other service-based games (like Farmville). There is a fallout as companies change their business models – and different staff to do it.

    I do think that there has never been a better time to launch your own games business though.