Mobile giant GREE closed game achievement and social network OpenFeint last month and with it, has let go of 25 staff, and forced developers using the tool to look elsewhere for an alternative. Get the details below.
The move came as a surprise given that GREE bought the company last April for the princely sum of $104 million. Regardless, GI.biz reports that the closure has also led to 25 jobs being axed at GREE US, and gives developers using OpenFeint the option of using GREE’s own framework instead.
GREE issued the following statement on the matter:
“GREE, which recently announced the closure of mobile social gaming platform, OpenFeint, is focusing its US business primarily on its own titles and developer partner titles.
“As part of the company’s internal US reorganization, a majority of the GREE games platform team will be transitioned to new departments with redundancies in some areas. The overall GREE Platform business will begin transitioning to its operations in Tokyo as a part of this change.”