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Activision culls up to 400 jobs

By on February 15, 2010

Activision has made a swathe of cuts across its development studios, according to the LA Times:

  • Luxoflux, acquired by Activision in 2002, is being shut down. The studio, which employs about 56 people in Santa Monica, worked on movie-based games aimed at casual audiences such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • NeverSoft, the developer of Guitar Hero titles, saw 50 layoffs amongst its 170 staff
  • More than half of the 180 staff at Vancouver-based Radical Entertainment have been made redundant

Further rumours suggest that Red Octane has been closed down with the loss of 40 jobs and that Underground Development, the developer of Guitar Hero Van Halen has been closed.

The total job losses may reach 400, although only about 250 have been confirmed.

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: