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EA Lays Off Staff But in 'Reasonable' Numbers

Kamil Kleszyk, 30 March 2023, 13:12

Electronic Arts has announced a restructuring plan that will see about 6% of the company's workforce lose their jobs. The head of the company believes that EA is „acting from a position of strength.”.

Layoffs at Take-Two; Rockstar's Owner Prepares for New Successes

Kamil Kleszyk, 08 March 2023, 14:12

Take-Two has confirmed reports of layoffs in several divisions of the company. One of them is most likely the Private Division, the team responsible for the publication of Kerbal Space Program 2.

Activision Accused of Unjustly Firing Workers; Company Defends Itself

Jakub Tarchala, 02 March 2023, 11:58

Activision has its faults, as evidenced by another lawsuit filed by the CWA. The association noted some irregularities allegedly committed by Activision when firing two of its employees.

Layoffs at EA; Numerous Branch Virtually Ceased to Exist

Sonia Selerska, 01 March 2023, 14:39

EA Baton Rouge employees report an unprofessional dismissal of 200 people. This was said to have occurred during a conversation on Zoom.

Ubisoft Loses Another Veteran, Black Flag Producer

Kamil Kleszyk, 10 February 2023, 14:26

Jean Guesdon, has announced that he is leaving Ubisoft Montreal. The developer, who worked on games from the Assassin's Creed series such as Black Flag and Origins, had been with the company for 17 years.

Blizzard Veteran Quits in Protest Against Employee Ranking

Adrian Werner, 24 January 2023, 12:25

One of Blizzard's studio veterans has left the company in protest against the introduction of an employee ranking system, which he believes is unfair and spoils the team culture.

One of the Fathers of Mass Effect Leaves BioWare After 19 Years

Michal Ciezadlik, 23 January 2023, 15:34

Mac Walters, director of the Mass Effect series, has announced that he has decided to leave BioWare after nearly two decades. He says it's „time for a change.”.

Also Google Executes Mass Layoffs; 12,000 Employees Lose Work

Damian Mista, 21 January 2023, 14:38

Google has laid off 12,000 employees due to the current economic situation. The Mountain View giant plans to redirect priorities to, among other things, the development of artificial intelligence.

Microsoft Layoffs Will Hit Starfield Devs and More

Adrian Werner, 19 January 2023, 13:16

The announced major layoffs at Microsoft will also affect game development studios. Some developers working at teams such as Bethesda, 343 Industries and The Coalition are expected to say goodbye to their jobs.

Microsoft Will Lay Off Over 10,000 Employees

Marek Pluta, 18 January 2023, 14:55

Microsoft intends to make major staff cuts. It plans to lay off up to 11,000 employees, or about 5% of its total workforce. These would be the second such layoff made in recent months.

Created New XCOM, Leaves Firaxis After 14 Years

Hubert Sledziewski, 12 January 2023, 10:52

Garth DeAngelis, co-creator of the new installments of the XCOM series and Marvel's Midnight Suns, is leaving the ranks of Firaxis Games after fourteen years of service.

NFS Unbound Team Hit as Group of Veteran Devs Leaves Criterion

Adrian Werner, 18 December 2022, 20:24

After the release of NFS Unbound, Criterion Games lost five key employees. The oldest of them had worked at EA for more than 30 years.

Chris Metzen, One of Warcraft's Fathers, Returns to Blizzard

Zuzanna Domeradzka, 16 December 2022, 12:45

One of the fathers of Warcraft, Chris Metzen, has returned to Blizzard after a six-year absence as a creative advisor to help with WoW.

Disco Elysium Producer Fired From ZA/UM; Scandal Continues

Hubert Sledziewski, 09 November 2022, 16:46

The scandal at Estonian studio ZA/UM continues. Martin Luiga has announced that another person has involuntarily left the ranks of the team responsible for Disco Elysium. This time it was the game's producer, Kaura Kender.

Layoffs at Microsoft, Including Xbox Division

Adam Adamczyk, 19 October 2022, 14:20

About 1,000 Microsoft employees have been laid off from their jobs. The cuts have affected the Xbox division, among others.

Splinter Cell Remake Loses Director; He Worked on Blacklist, AC Unity and Far Cry 6

Hubert Sledziewski, 17 October 2022, 13:15

Splinter Cell Remake has lost its director. David Grivel left Ubisoft after eleven years of working on such game series as Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Splinter Cell.

Battlefield Loses Lars Gustavsson Leaves After 22 Years

Jacob Blazewicz, 09 September 2022, 20:05

Lars „Mr. Battlefield” Gustavsson is done with Battlefield. The series' creative director is parting ways with DICE after more than 20 years.

Cyberpunk 2077 Producer Leaves CD Projekt RED

Krzysiek Kalwasinski, 06 September 2022, 16:21

CD Projekt RED is losing another veteran. After 15 years, Jedrzej Mroz - one of the main producers of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 2 - is leaving the studio.

Naughty Dog Loses Veteran Animator

Kamil Kleszyk, 16 July 2022, 16:46

Josh Scherr, one of the key figures on Naughty Dog, has decided to part ways with the company he was associated with for more than two decades. Among others, to him we owe the success of the Uncharted series or the phenomenal The Last of Us: Part II.

Deus Ex and Guardians of the Galaxy Screenwriter Moves to BioWare

Adrian Werner, 03 July 2022, 15:54

Responsible for the script of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and the latest installments of Deus Ex, Mary DeMarle has left the Eidos Montreal team to join BioWare.

Unity in Trouble; Kotaku Reports Big Layoffs

Przemyslaw Dygas, 30 June 2022, 12:01

Unity has experienced a wave of layoffs. Most likely, it is due to ill-considered strategic decisions.

Bobby Kotick Reelected; Internet Boils

Jacob Blazewicz, 23 June 2022, 12:44

This year's Activision Blizzard investor meeting ended with the re-election of the board of directors (including Bobby Kotick), a noncommittal vote on bonuses and a report on the company's fight against bullying.

Layoffs, Canceled Projects and Lack of Purpose; Problems at Mafia Devs

Przemyslaw Dygas, 27 May 2022, 14:38

Hangar 13 has more problems. The makers of Mafia 3 are facing a wave of layoffs and a painful restructuring.

Mafia 4 Could be a Prequel Powered by UE5; Hangar 13 Loses Execs

Michael Zegar, 05 May 2022, 20:10

Kotaku sources report that Hangar 13 is working on a new installment of Mafia, which is to be powered by the Unreal Engine 5 technology and be a prequel to the original trilogy.

Crysis 4 Reveals First Cards; Hitman 3 Director Joins Team Lineup

Michal Ciezadlik, 04 May 2022, 13:02

Crytek has announced the name of Crysis 4's director. It's Mattias Engström, who directed 2021's Hitman 3, among others.

Protesting Activision Blizzard Employees Excluded From Raises

Przemyslaw Dygas, 08 April 2022, 13:45

About 1,100 temporary workers have been given raises and the opportunity to work full-time at Activision. However, this does not include those who had previously joined the protests.

Days Gone Director Joins Creators of New Tomb Raider

Milosz Szubert, 06 April 2022, 13:34

Jeff Ross, one of the directors of Days Gone, boasted on Twitter that he joined Crystal Dynamics. It is worth recalling that yesterday the team announced that they are working on the next installment of the Tomb Raider series.

Sony Lays Off PlayStation Employees as Part of 'Global Transformation'

Jacob Blazewicz, 01 April 2022, 13:55

About 90 PlayStation employees have said goodbye to their jobs as part of Sony's „global transformation,” presumably meaning an emphasis on direct product sales, bypassing the retail market.

Co-creator of Gwent Minigame Leaves CD Projekt RED

Milosz Szubert, 31 March 2022, 19:13

Rafal Jaki has announced that he will leave CD Projekt RED at the end of June. He is, among others, the co-creator of the anime Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, which will appear on Netflix, and the scriptwriter of The Witcher: Ronin comic book. He also played a significant role in the development of Gwent in The Witcher 3.

Important Figure Leaves Valve After 22 Years

Hubert Sledziewski, 30 March 2022, 16:52

A little legend has left the ranks of Valve. We are talking about Doug Lombardi, who for twenty-two years served as VP of marketing at the company.

Amazon Games' Head Mike Frazzini Leaves Company

Adrian Werner, 27 March 2022, 14:43

Mike Frazzini, the head of Amazon Games, has left the studio. In a letter to employees he reassured that it will not affect the team's work.

WoW's Community Manager Leaves Blizzard After 9 Years

Przemyslaw Dygas, 22 March 2022, 15:03

Former community manager of World of Warcraft has left the ranks of Blizzard. Opinions about him among the players are divided.

BioWare Hires Lessons From the Screenplay Host to Work on Mass Effect 5

Adrian Werner, 14 March 2022, 14:57

A Youtuber known for analyzing plots of video games and movies has joined BioWare, where he will be working on Mass Effect 5.

Perfect Dark Lost Another Key Developer

Adrian Werner, 13 March 2022, 16:20

Director has left the team working on the Perfect Dark reboot. Earlier studio The Initiative lost the game's chief designer.

Dragon Age 4 in 'Mid-development'; BioWare Lost Another Producer

Jacob Blazewicz, 24 February 2022, 11:46

BioWare has confirmed the current status of Dragon Age IV. Work on the game is progressing, although the project has lost an executive producer.

Kotick May Leave as Activision Blizzard's CEO; Schreier on Employee Reactions

Agnes Adamus, 19 January 2022, 12:47

There have been reports that Bobby Kotick may leave his position as CEO of Activision Blizzard. This is expected to happen after the completion of the company's acquisition by Microsoft.

Activision Blizzard Laid Off Nearly 40 Employees in Wake of Scandals

Adrian Werner, 18 January 2022, 16:01

Activision Blizzard has laid off nearly 40 employees involved in mobbing and sexual harassment scandals, reports Wall Street Journal.

Gameplay Designer of The Witcher 2 Leaves CD Projekt RED

Przemyslaw Dygas, 11 January 2022, 13:01

Mateusz Kanik has left the ranks of CD Projekt RED. The designer worked on The Witcher 2 and Cyberpunk 2077.

Skull & Bones Loses Co-director

Jacob Blazewicz, 05 January 2022, 21:43

Skull & Bones loses another important developer, who parted ways with Ubisoft. This time without any controversies, but it's of little comfort.

The Co-founder of the Studio Responsible for Forza Horizon Resigns

Agnes Adamus, 05 January 2022, 19:45

The studio responsible for the Forza Horizon series loses its leader. Its boss and co-founder Gavin Raeburn left Playground Games.

Ubisoft Faces Staff Exodus; Game Development Slows Down

Przemyslaw Dygas, 21 December 2021, 13:38

Ubisoft is facing an exodus of developers. This applies to both high-profile names and lower-level employees.

Age of Empires 4 Director Leaves Relic Entertainment

Adrian Werner, 20 December 2021, 13:07

Relic Entertainment has lost Quinn Duffy, the director of Age of Empires 4.

Call of Duty: Warzone Devs Protest Against Sudden Layoffs

Jacob Blazewicz, 06 December 2021, 21:47

Activision Blizzard's decision to fire many Raven Software testers didn't sit well with other studio employees.

Layoffs at Call of Duty Devs; The Game Awards 2021 Without Activision Blizzard

Jacob Blazewicz, 04 December 2021, 18:35

Activision Blizzard is laying off numerous experienced testers from Raven Software testers. „Ingenious” way to give raises to the remaining employees did not win the company the approval of developers, and perhaps even Geoff Keighley.

Battlefield 2042 Loses Head of Design After the Launch

Jacob Blazewicz, 25 November 2021, 13:59

Lead designer for Battlefield 2042 will soon part ways with EA DICE. Allegedly, this is not related to the post-release problems of his latest title.

Dragon Age Just Lost an Experienced Creative Director

Miriam Moszczynska, 24 November 2021, 13:09

Senior creative director of the Dragon Age series has left BioWare. The board assures that the development of the next installment is not threatened. We don't know yet who will replace Matt Goldman.

Assassin's Creed Lead Writer Returns to Ubisoft

Hubert Sledziewski, 12 November 2021, 21:47

Seven and a half months - that's exactly how long Darby McDevitt's „divorce” with Ubisoft lasted. The narrative director of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and screenwriter of Black Flag and Revelations will return to work on the series and is „excited to continue the journey”.

Blizzard Exec Resigns After 3 Months

Jacob Blazewicz, 03 November 2021, 19:46

Blizzard has had a successful quarter, but news of good financial results gives way to news of the departure of Jen Oneal, who, along with Mike Ybarra, led the company for the last three months.

Blizzard Fires 20 Employees Involved in Sexual Violence and Mobbing

Michael Zegar, 20 October 2021, 16:30

The wake of Blizzard being sued, more than 20 people have been fired at this point. The company has sent a special letter to employees and has already announced the next steps.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon 2 - Sega Confirms Yakuza 8

Adrian Werner, 08 October 2021, 14:57

With the reorganization at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, Sega has revealed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon 2 is in development.