Earlier in the month, we reported that Crystal Dynamics were downsized and in December, Free Radical & Factor 5 disappeared, amongst others. Since then, there have been significant rumours of layoffs at larger companies including Microsoft, EA and Sega.
Unfortunately, these days, rumours have a habit of coming true.
Kotaku are keeping track of all developments but a few are outlined below…
In the most high profile layoff, Microsoft are too shed 5000 staff, a quarter with immediate effect.
Sega of America have cut 30 staff with immediate effect.
Gamesindustry.biz are reporting that EIDOS’s mobile platform development squad, Rockpool Games, based in Manchester have been immediately closed, casting off 14 jobs.
In a surprise move, as part of the above Microsoft cull, ACES Studio, the guys behind the Flight Sim, Combat Flight Sim & Train Sim series, have been given their marching orders.
cut the head off the snake, and the body will die