Bungie denies layoff rumors, stays quiet regarding rumored game setting

By Stephany Nunneley
17 February 2011 20:44 GMT

Bungie has denied claims that there are any “budgetary concerns” or “unfair treatment” going on at the moment with Activision.

According to an earlier post from Kotaku Australia, a source claimed that contractors were being “let go for no reason,” and that Bungie told the hiring agencies that folks were being let go due to claims of “performance related,” “project sensitivity,” or “budgetary concerns from our publisher.”

Bungie has posted on its official site that none of this is true, and contrary to the report it has not experienced any firings or lay offs of any kind, and as a matter of fact: it is hiring.

Here’s the statement in full:

“This evening, Kotaku Australia published a blog entry to their website claiming that Bungie recently terminated as many as thirty contract employees without notice or justification, effectively eliminating all non full time staff at the request of our publisher, Activision-Blizzard. The claim is false.

“Bungie has never been asked to lay off any employees or contract employees by our publisher, Activision-Blizzard, for any reason. The talented professionals who grace our offices day in and day out are the lifeblood of Bungie – our most cherished commodity – and the unsubstantiated rumors posted today are in direct opposition to the culture and values that we believe make Bungie an exceptional place to work, and to call home.”

Bungie didn’t post a comment the other rumor from this morning, that its game is a space MMO shooter called Destiny being developed under the codename Tiger.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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