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  • Doak left Free Rad earlier this month, company closed

    Multiple sources have confirmed to VG247 that Free Radical is, indeed, closed. Edge has posted up a lengthy account of recent events at the firm from what looks to be a good source. Apparently founder Dave Doak left earlier this month, and is now in the process of setting up a new developer with co-founder […]

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  • Rumour: Free Radical shutting up shop? [Update]

    Word’s spreading that Free Radical may have closed its doors. The UK developer currently isn’t answering its phone. Free Rad’s known to be working on Star Wars: Battlefront 3 and TimeSplitters 4. Know what’s going on? Let us know. Thanks, Hunam. Update: CVG’s reporting that FRD’s Christmas party wasn’t the most pleasant of affairs. It […]

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  • Turbine drops jobs after Moria launch

    GI’s reporting that Turbine’s shedding staff after launching the LotRO Moria expansion, dropping a number of staff at both its Massachusetts and California studios. “Yesterday, Turbine took steps to align our business to successfully achieve our strategic goals in the years ahead,” said a spokesperson. “As part of this transition some of our talented colleagues […]

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  • Midway cuts 25% of global staff

    Midway’s announced plans to cut 180 staff, or 25 percent of its global workforce. Its Austin studio is to be closed completely, and “development on several non-core games” has been suspended, the publisher said in a statement. “The cost-reduction measures are vital for us to rationalize our operations and provide the resources necessary for our […]

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  • Source: Factor 5 drops 37 staff

    According to this Edge piece, a recent blog posting about layoffs and delayed pay at Lair developer Factor 5 is “all true.” The site’s source said that 37 people were laid off from the Californian studio on Friday afternoon. Around 38 people remain, he said. “The last time staff got paid was October 15,” the […]

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  • THQ facing UK staff cuts

    According to this MCV piece, THQ UK is facing some staff cutting in the wake of deepening second quarter losses. From the piece: At this stage no official comment has been made by the company but MCV believes that, as part of a global alignment, a number of UK staff have been placed at risk […]

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  • Rumour: NCsoft to drop 50 staff from Brighton office

    According to this GI report, NCsoft may be readying to cut around 50 staff from its Brighton office as part of a “streamlining” effort. From the piece: According to a number of sources close to the company the move is set to be made following the decision to stop work on the untitled MMO that […]

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  • Vivendi UK job-losses announcement imminent

    VG247 has learned that an announcement regarding potential job losses at Vivendi UK is imminent, although the company appears to be locked down on talk of the situation. GI reported earlier today that British Sierra staff are to bear the brunt of redundancies as a result of the formation of Activision Blizzard, while the Activision […]

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  • Vivendi UK braces for Actiblizz redundancies

    According to this GI piece, Vivendi UK – and specifically the team looking after Sierra titles – is expected to take the brunt of any lay-offs as a result of the formation of Activision Blizzard. From the piece: According to senior sources the majority of the Vivendi team, which oversees the Sierra games label among […]

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  • LucasArts confirms layoffs

    GI’s reporting that LucasArts has confirmed that a set of lay-offs happened this week, admitting that VP of product development, Peter Hirschmann, is no longer with the company. “Peter Hirschmann’s leaving was a mutual decision,” a company spokesperson said. “He brought the company into next-gen development and has nurtured a strong slate through our pipeline. […]

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  • Rumour: Up to 100 LucasArts staffers laid off

    Kotaku’s rumouring that between 75-100 LucasArts staff have been laid off following the completion of Lego Star Wars. From the site: While LucasArts public relations did not get back to us today, several former LucasArts staffers did, with one telling us that 75-100 employees were laid off from the company, including the producer of LEGO […]

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  • THQ lays-off at Rainbow, Sandblast

    According to this Gamasutra report, THQ has laid off staff at two of its wholly-owned developers, Phoenix, Arizona-based Rainbow Studios and Kirkland, Washington-based Sandblast Games. The Rainbow staffers were let go in mid-April, with the bad news hitting Sandblast this week, apparently. From the piece: The Rainbow layoffs occurred in mid-April, comprising about 30 team […]

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  • Major layoffs rumoured at Eidos

    According to this story, “Inside sources have informed 1UP that Eidos’s entire PR, marketing, and sales department has been laid off as part of the deal with Warner Bros.” There’s been no confirmation of this as yet, and we’re assuming this relates to the US as opposed to the UK, so we’ll have to check […]

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