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EA Lays Off Internal Reviewers and Analysts

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Matt Gardner
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EA Lays Off Internal Reviewers and Analysts

Electronic Arts have apparently laid off a small number of employees responsible for evaluating in-development games at the company.

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Gibeau: "Transition Is Our Friend", EA Fires A Bunch Of Staff In LA and Montreal

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Matt Gardner
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Gibeau: "Transition Is Our Friend", EA Fires A Bunch Of Staff In LA and Montreal

Electronic Arts laid off a number of development staff in studios across both Los Angeles and Montreal, the publisher confirmed yesterday, with an employee from Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel devs Visceral Montreal confirming that the entire staff of the studio was escorted from their building yesterday.

EA have yet to formally confirm that news, mind.

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NCsoft's Seattle Studio Undergoing "Realignment"

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Matt Gardner
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NCsoft's Seattle Studio Undergoing "Realignment"

Realignment: (n.) a dispassionately mechanical term referring to the restructuring of a company to suit unspecific future interests in which some unfortunate folk will almost always lose their jobs. Often damage control in relation to falling revenue.

Working from a tip that came in from an anonymous source, PC Gamer fired over a query to NCsoft's Public Relations Director Lincoln Davis, who apparently denied that the MMO publisher's Seattle studio was closing, bt did confirm that a "realignment" was underway.

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Lightbox Interactive Switching To Mobile Game Development

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Carl Phillips
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Dylan Jobe, iOS games, Layoffs, LightBox Interactive, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Starhawk

Lightbox Interactive Switching To Mobile Game Development

Starhawk Developer Hit By Layoffs

It appears that Nihilistic are not the only ones with ideas of heading into the mobile gaming scene, as it was announced today that Lightbox Entertainment would be making an iOS game for their next release. The news was announced as it was revealed that the studio would be laying off 24 of its staff as a result of the change of direction.

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OnLive Lays Off Majority Of Employees, Confirms Buyout

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Jonathan Lester
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OnLive Lays Off Majority Of Employees, Confirms Buyout

"Newly-Formed Company" Takes The Reins

Breaking news: all is not well at OnLive. Following confirmed rumours of massive layoffs, the cloud gaming company has been bought out by a "newly formed venture" - with a promise that their service will continue.

Here's what we know so far.

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SWTOR Staff Hit With Layoffs

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Carl Phillips
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BioWare, EA, Layoffs, Star Wars The Old Republic
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SWTOR Staff Hit With Layoffs

In a post on the official forums, BioWare heads Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have revealed that there have been layoffs in the development team for MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic. At the moment the number of redundancies is unclear, but early reports suggest the number is fairly significant.

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SEGA Warns Of "Extraordinary Loss," Will Can Several Titles

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Jonathan Lester
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SEGA Warns Of "Extraordinary Loss," Will Can Several Titles

Games Division To Be Streamlined, Layoffs Expected

Uh-oh. In a statement to investors this morning, SEGA has warned that the latest financial quarter will mark an "extraordinary loss" for the company due to the games division under-performing at retail. To combat this oncoming financial blow, SEGA plans to streamline operations as quickly as possible.

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GAME Confirms Head Office Layoffs

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Jonathan Lester
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GAME Confirms Head Office Layoffs

Firing From The Top

As part of a plan to streamline their business in the wake of ruinous credit insurance problems, GAME has made 46 staffers redundant from their Basingstoke headquarters. We can expect more cuts and aggressive restructuring to take place over the next few months, but with the retailer choosing to fire from upper management, it seems that they'd rather cull from the top rather than closing stores and laying off hard-working retail employees. Regardless, we wish the best of luck to all those affected.

THQ Confirms Massive Layoffs

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Jonathan Lester
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THQ Confirms Massive Layoffs

CEO Takes 50% Salary Cut

THQ are in a spot of bother, to put it mildly. With share prices at an all-time low and threats of being delisted from NASDAQ, on top of horrendous financial projections, the publisher has announced that they'll have to make "up to 240 redundancies" over the next three months - and CEO Brian Farrell has accepted a 50% pay cut in a show of solidarity. You can download and read the regulatory filing for yourself if you don't want to take my word for it.

However, it's worth noting that the redundancies won't affect development personnel, rather, the layoffs will be culled from "selling, general and administrative" staff. Game development should continue unabated.

We'll get more details in tomorrow's financial report - and discover whether there's any truth to the rumours of cancelled 2013 titles.

REPORT: Alleged Former THQ Staffer Slams Company Execs In Letter To Board

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Matt Gardner
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Brian Farrell, Disgruntled employees, Handbags, Layoffs, Mismanagement, THQ

REPORT: Alleged Former THQ Staffer Slams Company Execs In Letter To Board

In a day where THQ have just outlined their updated company strategy, comes reports of an alleged staffer sending a livid missive to the THQ board, slamming company practices for the past few years, levelling pointed criticism at senior management, the executive staff and, in particular, CEO Brian Farrell for "the chronic and constant mismanagement of their company".

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From A Disrespectful Agenda To A Bizarre Situation - News Roundup 17th November 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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Activision, Final Fantasy XIV, Keith Vaz, Layoffs, LucasArts, Square Enix

MP Keith Vaz Blames Race Shootings On Counter Strike

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A tragic and horrifying series of race shootings in Malmo, Sweden culmanated in an arrest on November 7th. Despite all police reports citing racism against dark-skinned Swedes as the motive behind the crimes, outspoken MP Keith Vaz has laid the blame squarely at the feet of the classic Half Life Mod Counter Strike due to the uncorroborated ramblings of a single local man. In an Early Day Motion, he purported that this atrocious crime is just the tip of a horrifying web of murders... and that the government should put a stricter control on mature games at retail.

This House notes with concern that the recent race shootings in Malmo, Sweden have been associated with the violent video game Counter-Strike; further notes that the internet-based, first-person shooting game that pits a counter-terrorist team against terrorists was previously banned in Brazil and in 2007 was associated with US College Campus massacres; recognises the potential impact of violent video games on those under 18 years; and calls on the Government to ensure the purchase of video games by those under 18 years is controlled and that parents are provided with clear information on the violent content of certain games.- MP Keith Vaz, Early Daily Motion

Should stricter controls be imposed on violent or mature games? Maybe. But am I the only person who thinks that using a horrifying race crime to further a draconian political agenda is shameful and disrespectful to the extreme? [Games Industry]

Lucasarts & Activision Confirm Layoffs

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It's been a truly terrible 24 hours for job retention in the games industry. Lucasarts has just confirmed an undisclosed number of layoffs (reported to be as many as 50, thanks Gamasutra) from an unannounced title due to "staff adjustment." This marks the second major round of cutbacks for the troubled company this year.

Yesterday Activision closed Budcat Studios, the developers behind console-specific Guitar Hero versions... and suggested that veteran British studio Bizarre Creations might suffer a similar fate (resulting in the loss of over 200 jobs). Now that the dust has settled, Activision has announced that they will take 90 days to decide Bizarre's fate- which will almost certainly result in a sale to another publisher. Apparently weak commercial success for Blur and Bloodstone's critical panning have proven to be the last straw.

Over the past three years since our purchase of Bizarre Creations, the fundamentals of the racing genre have changed significantly. Although we made a substantial investment in creating a new IP, Blur, it did not find a commercial audience.

Final Fantasy XIV Trial Period Extended Again

Uh oh. After extending Final Fantasy XIV's free trial period by 30 days in order to fix their shoddy, broken farce of a game, Square have done it again. Players who create a character before November 19th can enjoy the free trial for another month while Square's stable of developers feverishly attempt to fix a raft of stability and performance issues.

Let's hope they succeed. If not, there are a slew of Free-To-Play MMOs that will provide gamers with better value for money. [1UP]