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'Irrational Jobs' career outreach forms in the wake of BioShock dev layoffs

Immediately following todays' announcement that Irrational Games is winding down to just 15 employees, the hashtag "#IrrationalJobs" sprung up on Twitter to assist developers in finding new jobs. A similar, immediate outreach happened in the wake of 38 Studios' closure in May 2012. While the...

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Layoffs cutting BioShock developer Irrational Games down to team of 15 [Update]

BioShock developer Irrational Games is being cut down to a team of 15, Co-Founder Ken Levine revealed in an update on the studio's website. The developer was sitting strong at 200 employees fewer than two years ago. "I am winding down Irrational Games as you know it. I'll be starting a smaller,...

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Sony to sell PC business, reform TV arm, layoff 5,000 employees

Major changes are afoot at Sony, after the Japanese electronics giant announced plans to sell its Vaio PC business and reform its TV arm. As a result, Sony will layoff 5,000 employees over the next year or so, including 1,500 in Japan and 3,500 overseas. Sony was projecting a fiscal year net profit...

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Report: 'Several hundred' Disney Interactive employees face layoffs

Though Disney Infinity is an undeniable hit, the Wall Street Journal reports "several hundred" employees at developer Disney Interactive are to be laid off later this week. Citing unnamed sources "close to the company," the report claims that these layoffs are "expected to begin after the media...

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Report: Ghost Games suffers layoffs, Need for Speed game put on hold

Need for Speed: Rivals developer Ghost Games has suffered layoffs in its UK office and ceased development on an unannounced Need for Speed project, according to a report by Polygon. The report states that Electronic Arts dismissed contract workers earlier this week and presented full-time staff...

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Layoffs hit multiple teams at EA Salt Lake, studio refocusing on mobile

EA Salt Lake, the studio responsible for Risk: Factions as well as multiple expansions for The Sims series, has recently had to let an undisclosed number of employees go. EA confirmed the redundancies with Game Informer today, citing a "reduction of a few teams" as the studio shifts its focus to...

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Offensive Combat studio U4iA Games closes

Just over two years after being launched by two Activision expats, Offensive Combat studio U4iA Games is no longer in operation as of today. The news comes via U4iA's site, where no reason is given for the sudden and immediate closure of the Washingon-based studio. "Our sincere apologies to all...

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Blockbuster UK closing remaining stores

The protracted demise of Blockbuster UK ends with all 91 remaining stores closing on December 16, and 808 employees losing their jobs as a result. Administrators at Moorfields Corporate Recovery were unable to find a buyer for the high street rental chain. "We really did try our best to find a...

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Harmonix lets go a 'small number' of employees

Harmonix has laid off a handful of employees today, a spokesperson tells Joystiq: "We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today. This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix's multiple future projects." One of those let go was Dan Crislip,...

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Microsoft closes Victoria studio, moves development to Vancouver

Microsoft has shuttered its Victoria, British Columbia studio after two years of operation, affecting at least 30 positions. Microsoft told British Columbia's Times Colonist the decision was made to "centralize development" in its Vancouver studios. "This was not an easy decision, but one guided...

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