Lightbox Interactive President Dylan Jobe has told Joystiq his company will see "a sizable reduction in staff." Twenty-four staff members have been informed that Friday will be their final day at the Texas-based developer. Jobe added that "all 24 of them are getting a severance package."
"Lay-offs always suck but they are an unfortunate reality of business sometimes. The best we can do is try and treat our people with respect during the shocking transition of a lay-off," he said.
Jobe says Lightbox will become a "much smaller studio" after the cuts as it focuses efforts on the development of its first game for iOS.Original Story:
There are rumblings that LightBox Interactive, the developer behind the PS3 exclusive Starhawk
, will lay off most of its staff by Friday. 3D Realms founder (and previous layoff predictor
) George Broussard tweets
, "Good luck to my buddies at LightBox in Austin. Layoffs and rumors of near whole studio gone by Friday."
Yesterday LightBox Interactive president Dylan Jobe sent out an ominous tweet
, reading, "And yeah, its time for another drink...." LightBox artist
Jonathan Lindblom tweeted
early this morning, "I feel like my brain has been taken out and passed around, I can't think straight, everything is muddled." Associate producer and community manager
Pete MacKay tweeted
his thoughts today as well: "And so another chapter closes on my life. Let's see where I go next! (taking suggestions)."
We've contacted LightBox Interactive for clarification.