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Activision to close Call of Duty mobile studio

Activision's mobile studio in the UK, The Blast Furnace, will close at the end of the month. A spokesperson for the publisher informed MCV that no "suitable alternative" was found. The studio entered the consultation period required by UK law in early February. The Blast Furnace headed up last...

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PopCap hit with layoffs after recent studio split

Plants vs Zombies and Peggle developer PopCap suffered layoffs today, EA confirmed. The news follows a reorganization at the studio in late February, which saw the developer split into a two teams, one geared towards mobile games and the other for console releases. PopCap CEO David Roberts also ste...

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Disney Interactive lays off 700, plans to scale back annual game output [Update]

Disney laid off one-quarter of its global staff in its video games and Internet division, Disney Interactive, The New York Times reported Thursday. The 26 percent decrease in staff amounts to roughly 700 job losses and also points to a change in strategy for the company, which is expected to scale ...

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Thief developer Eidos Montreal lays off 27 employees

Thief developer Eidos Montreal laid off 27 employees today, the developer confirmed. The studio just launched its reboot of the the Thief series in late February, and opted to make cuts after turning its attention to future projects. "Yes it is true we've let 27 people go today, unfortunately it...

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Irrational Games Career Day attended by 57 studios

New details about the downsizing of Irrational Games, as reported by Game Informer, reveal that 70 Irrational employees and five contract workers were let go during the studio's recent round of layoffs. The report states that Irrational's self-hosted recruitment day to find work for its excess tal...

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Joystiq Weekly: Titanfall, Thief review, Twitch Plays Pokemon and more

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a "too long; didn't read" of each week's biggest stories, reviews and original content. Each category's top story is introduced with a reactionary gif, because moving pictures aren't just for The Daily Prophet. This week's news of a new Tony Hawk game isn't exactly wha...

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Sony Santa Monica's unannounced IP canceled, says laid off dev

An unannounced new property at God of War studio Sony Santa Monica is canceled, according to ex-employee Jonathan Hawkins. The former lead level designer, who lost his job in yesterday's round of layoffs, took to Twitter to reveal the IP had been in development "since God of War 3," and indicated i...

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Over 60 percent of Sony Stores to be closed

Sony announced a restructuring of its Sony Electronics division, resulting in the closure of 20 Sony Stores across the United States. The restructuring will affect approximately 1,000 employees "across all sites," which Sony says will amount to a staff reduction of one-third by the end of the calen...

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God of War studio Sony Santa Monica hit with layoffs

Sony Santa Monica, the studio best known for its work on the God of War series, has suffered layoffs today. Sony representatives confirmed the dismissals with IGN, citing "resource re-alignment against priority growth areas" within Sony Worldwide Studios as the cause. The statement reads: "SCEA ca...

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Fire Hose offers free desk space to Boston devs looking to go indie

Fire Hose Games, the Slam Bolt Scrappers and Go Home Dinosaurs developer from Cambridge, MA, is offering free desk space to developers looking to make the indie transition. The hospitality was spurred by recent layoffs in the Boston area, most notably the Irrational Games shutdown yesterday. So ...

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