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Gameloft closes Indian studio, 250 staff laid off – rumour

Wednesday, 30th January 2013 00:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Mobile and portable publisher Gameloft has reportedly closed its Indian studio without warning.

Citing anonymous sources, Gamasutra reports management required employees of the Hyderabad studio to sign documents suggesting they had resigned voluntarily the day before.

Sources claim the 250 former staff members were advised of a company-wide meeting and 45 minutes later had been asked to leave the building and remove their possessions.

Gameloft today reported sales of €208.3 million for FY 2012, a year-on-year increase of 27%. Its full fiscal results will be released next month and may offer some explanation for why the port-focused studio was shuttered.

Gameloft makes mobile and portable games, and was founded by Ubisoft boss Michel Guillemot. It has a poor reputation for high pressure, low-cost development and quick knock-offs, but has produced some very popular titles like iOS MMORPG Order & Chaos.

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  1. manamana

    Someone needs to stop this madness! Feeling good now, Guillemot?
    Gameloft is the cancer of the game industry and others follow their (miss)lead. This is the worlds biggest distributor of mobile games and treats its personal as slaves.

    Burn in hell, Guillemot!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    Absolutely fishy move to make people sign those papers just to bypass the laws which prevents such closures. I hope these people approach courts since they have a very strong case. I hope Gameloft pays heavily for this douchebaggery.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Da Man

    I’m 12 years old and I think this is outrageous. Why on Earth would that be a great idea to be resigned voluntarily over being fired??

    SONY® would’ve never done anything like that. Just look at all the studios they saved, including Wipeout team.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. manamana

    Yes, Da Prick, finally we know your age.

    Edit: and yes, I get what you mean but you are completely wrong when you think you can compare Sony with Gameloft. I guess your hate for Sony makes you sometimes lose focus.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Ge0force

    #3 So you’re a 12yo kid huh? Now that explains a lot of your comments on this site :p

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Da Man

    Nah, dumbadumba.

    I really don’t like Sony though. Which leads to Sony fanboys hating each and every comment of mine.

    #6 2 years ago