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More devs full victim to Activision’s pruning

By on October 8, 2009

After halving the work force of 7 Studios yesterday, Activision has now shut Shaba Games, according to Kotaku.

Shaba, which employed 30 staff, worked most recently on Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.

Kotaku’s sources suggest that the closure is due to disappointing sales of Guitar Hero 5. Interesting theory, but not one I am inclined to believe without more corroboration: it seems more likely that Activision is finally realising that the recession is an opportunity to reduce headcount and focus resources in the way that Electronic Arts, THQ and a bunch of other companies have already done.

Which suggests that not only is Activision late to this realisation, but also that more cuts are on the way.

 Added to the Job Loss Tracker.

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: