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  • EA’s Q2 earnings: $391 million net loss, 1500 laid-off

    EA released its Q2 earnings report today, and – as you can probably guess – it wasn’t exactly written on gilded paper. Net losses continue to pile up, now sitting at $391 million – a fairly substantial increase over last year’s $310 million. As the stinging cross in this bank-breaking combo, sales are also down […]

  • Shaba closed, Acti confirms

    Activision’s confirmed that Spider-Man: Web of Shadows developer Shaba is now more, following rumour reports earlier this week. “Activision continually evaluates the resources at our studio properties to ensure that they are properly matched to our product slate and overall strategic goals,” said a statement from the publisher. “As part of this process, we recently […]

  • Report: Shaba shuttered in Acti cutbacks

    Kotaku’s reporting that Spider-Man: Web of Shadows dev Shaba’s been closed by Activision. Apparently some 30 staffers were dropped in the move, which follows similar cuts at 7-Studios earlier this week. To those that no longer make Spider-Man games: we salute you.

  • Codemasters now 70 QA staff lighter [Update]

    Update: We’ve just had Codemasters on the phone to reiterate that no permanent staff have been affected by this in any way, and the 70 QA positions were held by temps reaching the end of contracts. Original story: Codemasters has confirmed to VG247 that it’s just dropped “around” 70 QA staff, temps designed to push […]

  • Secret World gets “significant delay” as Funcom drops 20% of staff

    Age of Conan dev Funcom is to drop 20 percent of its workforce, according to E24, resulting in a “significant delay” to upcoming MMO The Secret World. The game had never been officially dated, but was expected in 2010. The company employs around 300 staff, so 60 jobs look set to go. Funcom’s currently in […]

  • GRIN clams on closure talk, staff back from holiday

    GRIN has just refused to comment on overnight talk that it’s in danger of closing. “At the moment we have no comment to anything [related to] that matter,” said a rep for the Swedish developer. When pushed, the response became flatter. “No,” said the spokesperson when asked if they could confirm any truth in the […]

  • Report – GRIN on borrowed time, sees more lay-offs

    Gama’s reporting that Bionic Commando developer GRIN has seen “significant layoffs” and may be “facing difficulty staying afloat.” The news comes from “reliable development sources,” apparently. The company was rumoured to have laid off between 100-160 staff in May, following Bionic Commando’s release.

  • 20% of Midway staff given two month’s notice

    20 per cent of troubled company Midway’s staff have been given two month’s notice, reports Edge. According to the Chicago Tribune, among those to be let go is chief executive Matt Booty. Hard times indeed. Warner recently paid $49m for the Mortal Kombat developer, as was reported last week.

  • Sony Online Entertainment lays-off 5% of its workforce

    Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it is to lay-off 41 full-time employees, which equals 5 percent of the workforce. SOE says that it will not be providing any interviews or further comment on the matter, according to a statement sent to Massively. “In a move to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs, Sony Online […]

  • Rumour: Lay-offs hit Rockstar New England

    Kotaku’s rumouring that Rockstar New England’s “entire QA department” has been laid off, along with some other staffer from different departments. Rockstar apparently wants QA kept to a central studio. Estimates are that “at least 10 percent of the studio” was made redundant. Rockstar New England was rebranded from Mad Doc Software after being acquired […]

  • Crystal Dynamics hiring art director for AAA title

    Despite recent lay-offs, Crystal Dynamics is hiring for a Senior Art Director for “one of the most prestigious AAA franchises in the industry”, according to a job post on Gamasutra. According to the listing: “Crystal Dynamics has a rare opening for a Senior Art Director on one of the most prestigious AAA franchises in the […]

  • Report: Alienware suffering job cuts, plant closures

    Alienware is to close both of its manufacturing plants, based in Miami and Ireland Production will be moved to parent company Dell’s facilities. The news comes from an internal memo, cited in this ExtremeTech report. Alienware spokeswoman Winnie Wong has apparently confirmed the memo as authentic, but would not say how many employees would be […]

  • THQ set to close Big Huge Games, spin off two more devs

    THQ said overnight that it’s to close Rise of Nations developer Big Huge Games if it can’t secure a buyer in the “near future.” LA-based Heavy Iron Studios and Carlsbad-based Incinerator have also been notified that they’re about to become independent companies. “As part of THQ’s previously announced business realignment and related headcount reduction plans […]

  • Volition drops 39 full-time staff, 47 temps

    THQ’s confirmed to Kotaku that Volition has lost 39 full-timers and 47 staff on temp contracts. The company said in February it is to drop 600 employees in an effort to trim costs. “The layoffs include 47 temporary employees who will not be having their service extended,” said the publisher in a statement. “Unfortunately, fluctuating […]

  • THQ drops Zurich office

    GI’s reporting that’s THQ’s International office in Zurich has closed, costing ten jobs. The move is part of the overall plan to cut 600 posts, first announced earlier this month. The International office was originally intended to work on future expansion plans for the publisher, but wasn’t linked to any specific territory. More through there.

  • EA dev boss: Make quality games, keep your job

    EA Redwood’s Glen Schofield has told GI that he’s told EA employees that those involved with the creation of quality games at the company will survive the current round of job losses. “People who aren’t making great games are going to lose their jobs,” said Schofield. “But if you’re making quality and we continue to […]

  • Microsoft: We’ve said our piece on Rare restructuring

    Microsoft PR has refused to confirm or deny whether or not staff are to be shed at Rare this morning, following confirmation that the studio is to be restructured. “To be honest, we have nothing to add to the statement,” a spokesperson told VG247. “We’ve come out and said, ‘This is what’s going on,’ to […]

  • Rare restuctures, lay-offs possible

    Rare’s “restructuring” its studio, and potentially shedding staff. “As the entire industry struggles to address the increasing scale and cost of development, we too have felt a need to restructure our current approach so we can speed development and better manage the scale required to create high quality games,” said Mark Betteridge, studio manager. “With […]

  • Obsidian CEO says company is “doing just fine” despite lay-off rumors

    Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart has told Big Download, “We are doing just fine and do not have to shut down operations,” in response to lay-off rumors earlier this week. After Sega suspended the firm’s Aliens RPG indefinitely, it was reported that over 20 staff members had been made redundant at Obsidian. The rumor has still […]

  • Future lays off 19 staff from SF and NY offices

    Future’s confirmed to VG247 that 19 staff have been laid off from its US operation today. “Our colleagues at Future US have today announced 19 redundancies across its teams in San Francisco and New York,” said a UK spokesperson. “These changes were made in line with Future’s stated strategy of focussing on structure and costs […]

  • Rumor: Obsidian lays-off as Aliens RPG is canned [Update]

    Update: Gamespot’s been told work’s been “indefinitely suspended” on the game. Rumor has it that Sega’s canceled Obsidian’s upcoming Aliens RPG, resulting in 20 employees being laid off. This all comes on the heels of Sega’s announcement yesterday of a new Rebellion-developed Alien vs Predator for 2010. The title’s confirmation would mean “strategically updated” release […]

  • NCsoft UK dev positions moved to North America

    NCsoft says that dev positions in the UK are to be moved to North America, according to GamesIndustry.biz, following the axing of 55 employees from the firm’s Brighton office. The publisher’s confirmed that remaining team members will concentrate on European sales and marketing. “The European office is transitioning to have a stronger focus in marketing […]

  • EA posts $641 million Q3 loss, will close 12 facilities

    EA’s posted a huge loss for the three months ending December 31, amounting to $641 million. Revenue for the period was was $1.65 billion, up $151 million compared with the $1.50 billion for the prior year. FIFA 09, Rock Band 2, Need for Speed Undercover, Rock Band, Left 4 Dead, Dead Space, Madden NFL 09, […]

  • Rumour: EA to axe more staff, Need For Speed PSP dead

    Kotaku’s rumouring that 55 members of EA Canada’s Burnaby studios are looking for work after becoming victims of the ongoing lay-offs at the company. The “source” also reckons that these latest cuts could mean the untimely demise of Need For Speed PSP. When the site contacted EA, it was met with the standard response: “As […]

  • Disney cuts 50 North American staff

    Disney’s confirmed it’s to drop some American staff, namely “less than 20″ employees from a consolidation from the firm’s Fall Line Studio into Avalanche, according to spokeswoman Angela Emery. Both outfits are based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition, around 30 staff are to be cut from Vancouver-based Propoganda. In a note to staff, […]

  • Baverstock confirms Kuju lay-offs

    Kuju’s Ian Baverstock’s confirmed that the developer is to make redundancies in the UK and US. “Kuju has generally adopted a more cautious approach at the start of 2009 in light of market conditions,” said the exec in a statement. “As a developer with nearly 20 years experience of game development trends, we know how […]

  • Nexon closes Vancouver studio

    MMO publisher Nexon has apparently closed its Vancouver studio, resulting in 90 job losses. A studio-wide meeting was held yesterday morning to break news to staff, according to this Kotaku report. Nexon’s ongoing games – MapleStory, Combat Arms, Mabinogi, and so on – are thought to be unaffected. Gamasutra’s confirmed the move as well.

  • Marketing and PR jobs to be cut at EA UK?

    GI understands that various marketing and PR positions at EA UK are to be cut. This is part of EA’s restructuring initiative that will see 1000 people lose their jobs. EA’s next earnings call is set for February 3rd where hopefully the company will detail its plans in full. We’ve contacted EA UK for comment. […]

  • Criterion and Bright Light safe from EA lay-offs

    Develop reports that both Criterion and EA’s Bright Light studios in Guildford have been spared from any lay-offs the company is to make. This information supports the information we provided you with last week, although Bright Light was admittedly off our radar. Skate 2 developers Black Box got axed last week as EA looks to […]

  • Microsoft game testers next to face chop

    Around 30 percent of Microsoft’s game testers have been made redundant, VentureBeat reports. The actual number laid off isn’t included in the story. The news follows confirmation by the firm that 1,400 are to be immediately shed as a first round of 5,000 losses. Microsoft’s Entertainment Division is said to be taking the brunt of […]