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Nintendo Europe axes 130 jobs

Friday, 6th June 2014 16:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo of Europe is shuttering its headquarters in Großostheim, Germany. The result is the loss of 130 jobs.

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Nintendo said the office closing will help its European arm to better “adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.”

The firm’s Frankfurt office will handle the European market from here on out, and the Großostheim building and warehouse will be sold.

“Nintendo of Europe has entered into a consultation process on a number of changes it is intending to make to its European business which, in the long term, will better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment,” Nintendo told Eurogamer.

“The measures include the consolidation of the current European headquarters in Großostheim to Frankfurt, the closure of the warehouse and office in Großostheim, as well as outsourcing and reorganizing some functions.”

“These intended measures have not been made lightly and have only been arrived at after thorough analysis and careful consideration. The intended measures will sadly have a direct effect on some of the employees based in the Großostheim and Frankfurt offices in Germany and would lead to the release of approximately 130 permanent employees.”

NoE stated it is “committed” to providing support for all affected employees.

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8 Comments

  1. Joe Musashi

    Well that sucks. Times 130.

    Good luck to all affected.

    JM

    #1 2 months ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    I could have sworn that axing employees was not something Nintendo would do, Iwata claimed it would hurt employee morale and was not worth it. Anyway is Nintendo on the doom train now? Or could we ignore the standard practice claims?

    #2 2 months ago
  3. Gheritt White

    IMHO, the only way to avoid redundancies in this business (unless you’re super senior) is to move from company to company or project to project frequently.

    #3 2 months ago
  4. Dragon

    @2,3,
    I doubt that is the case.These redundancies is of support staff rather than development staff. They do not have a game development studio there.

    Plus, redundancies happen, everywhere, always. I generally would not blame any company for that. Anything said on the contrary is PR bs.

    #4 2 months ago
  5. BrokenSpline

    @Legendaryboss

    Nintendo only said that related to developers. Paper Pushers, Customer service, and the like not so much.

    #5 2 months ago
  6. foofly

    @Legendaryboss

    “at Nintendo, employees make valuable contributions in their respective fields, so I believe that laying off a group of employees will not help to strengthen Nintendo’s business in the long run.”

    -Iwata

    #6 2 months ago
  7. Legendaryboss

    @foofly Thats the one.

    #7 2 months ago
  8. Dragon

    @foofly ,
    No believed that piece of PR bullshit except fanboys.

    #8 2 months ago

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