Another video game studio has suffered significant layoffs. Trion Worlds, the study of games like Rift, Trove, Defiance and Archeage,…
Another video game studio has suffered significant layoffs. Trion Worlds, the study of games like Rift, Trove, Defiance and Archeage, has reportedly cut over 150 jobs after the acquisition of a German free gaming company Gamigo. A statement by Trion Worlds confirms that “there has been a transaction with Trion Worlds and its games” that will lead to redundancies.
“While many of the names and faces you’ve been told in our studios will continue this transition, others will not make the trip,” reads a line from the statement. “For those who leave us, we are always grateful for your incredible work and contributions over the years.”
One source told Gamasutra that Trion Worlds had more than 200 people at staff across their offices in California and Texas, but after the redundancies, only 25 people left at the company.
Trion’s game, at least some of them, will be online in Gamigo’s talented hands, the company said. “Everyone involved aims to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. We will get more information to reveal as soon as we can,” continues the statement.
Polygon reports that the affected Trion developers were paid severance pay, unlike the people who lost their jobs when Telltale announced its own “majority studio closure”.
Trion is just the latest video game studio that has suffered serious layoffs. In September, more than 500 people lost their jobs due to closure or significant staff reductions at Carbine (50 redundancies), Capcom Vancouver (1
58 people), Telltale (250 people) and Big Fish Games (75 people). With Trion’s 175 redundancies, it has now become more than 600 video games industry jobs lost in the last two months.