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More Layoffs at Activision Blizzard; This Time in Europe

Ness, 20 March 2021, 19:05

More layoffs at Activision Blizzard. This time the changes will affect offices located in Europe. Cost-cutting will include departments that deal with game publishing.

Bloodborne Co-creators Lose Another Producer

Bart Swiatek, 17 March 2021, 13:39

Masami Yamamoto - the producer who worked on Bloodborne and Soul Sacrifice, among other titles - has left Sony Japan Studio's development team. This is yet another experienced staff member who recently parted ways with the Japanese company.

Blizzard Lays Off More Employees Despite Record Revenues

Karol Laska, 16 March 2021, 22:09

Activison Blizzard has taken quite drastic actions in recent days, laying off at least a few dozen people. This has to do, among other things, with changing the formula for organizing events and e-sports tournaments.

Hogwarts Legacy Producer's Departure Unrelated to Controversy

Bart Swiatek, 16 March 2021, 10:21

Troy Leavitt - the producer of Hogwarts Legacy, who left Avalanche Studios at the beginning of March - explained his decision. The reason were serious family problems that would prevent him from devoting proper attention to the project.

Lead Dev of Hogwarts Legacy Quits Over Controversial YouTube Channel

Michal Ciezadlik, 05 March 2021, 13:01

Troy Leavitt, one of the developers working on Hogwarts Legacy, announced on Twitter his departure from Avalanche Software. This most likely has to do with the discovery of the developer's former YouTube channel, where he posted content attacking feminism and progressive approaches to gaming, among other things.

Layoffs at Former Devs of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Michael Kulakowski, 02 March 2021, 19:00

American devteam Hardsuit Labs, which last week was removed from work on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, began to lay off its employees. So far, only people working on the game's script have been affected.

Sony Japan Studio Disbanded. Bloodborne Co-creators Without Job

Bart Swiatek, 26 February 2021, 11:18

Sony Interactive Entertainment decided to close one of its Japanese development studios, Sony Japan Studio. Most of the employees were laid off.

Jeff Bezos Steps Down as Amazon Changes CEO

Adamson, 03 February 2021, 16:22

Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men in the world, is going to step down as CEO of Amazon. However, the changing does not mean that he will say goodbye to the company. We also know who will replace the company's founder.

Art Director of Dying Light 2 Leaves Techland

Karol Laska, 07 January 2021, 20:53

The art director and screenwriter of Dying Light 2, Pawel Selinger, left Techland and shared the news on social media.

Senior Producer Leaves The Sims 4 After 14 Years in Maxis

Szarmancki, 04 December 2020, 19:41

Sad news for The Sims community. After many successes and over 14 years of work, a senior producer of The Sims 4 has unexpectedly left Maxis, the studio responsible for the popular life simulator.

BioWare's CEO and Dragon Age 4 Producer Leave the Studio

Bart Swiatek, 04 December 2020, 10:28

Well-known developers from BioWare, responsible i.a. for the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah, decided to leave the company.

WoW Creator Leaves Blizzard After 13 Years

Bart Swiatek, 19 November 2020, 20:16

Chris Kaleiki - one of the creators of World of Warcraft - left the studio after 13 years of work. The developer admitted that he is dissatisfied with the direction of game's development.

Writer of ME Andromeda Now Works on Story of Vampire Bloodlines 2

Bart Woldanski, 27 October 2020, 16:32

We have learned the names of new people who, after the recent layoffs, will take up the script of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. They are co-writers of Mass Effect: Andromeda, Ghost of Tsushima and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.

Bloodlines 2 in Trouble After Another Key Staff Member Leaves

Adrian Werner, 20 October 2020, 14:59

Cara Ellison, senior story designer just left the team working on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. Earlier, the team lost main screenwriter and creative director after dismissals.

Blizzard's French Branch Plans to Strike

Michael Kulakowski, 14 October 2020, 23:03

Employees of Blizzard's French branch, responsible for marketing, event organization and localization of the studio's games across Europe, are preparing for a strike. The protest is the result of Activision's announcement of planned complete shutdown of the French branch.

Activision Closes French Branch of Blizzard

Michael Kulakowski, 06 October 2020, 23:46

The French branch of Blizzard, which is mainly responsible for marketing and localization of the studio's games in Europe, was closed down by Activision. This is a result of the increasing control that the company has over its in-house developer, which enjoyed great autonomy only a few years ago.

Michel Ancel Answers Accusations of Being a Toxic Boss

Jacob Blazewicz, 26 September 2020, 20:09

The newspaper Libération has published an article that reveals the details of Michel Ancel's departure from Ubisoft. It was supposed to result from an investigation into the alleged toxic behavior of the creator of Beyond Good & Evil 2. In response, Ubisoft's former producer accused the newspaper of spreading false news.

Rayman's Creator Retires; BG&E 2 Remains in Good Hands

Paul Musiolik, 18 September 2020, 19:39

Michel Ancel, creator of Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil, announced today that he is retiring. We don't have to worry about his projects, as they are in good hands.

Engineer Leaves Facebook Saying the Company Makes Money on Hate

Mikolaj Laszkiewicz, 09 September 2020, 15:16

One of Facebook's software engineers decided to give up his job in the company because, in his opinion, the company makes money on hatred and its only goal is profit.

Lead Writer of Vampire Bloodlines 2 Laid Off

Jacob Blazewicz, 19 August 2020, 21:22

Brian Mitsoda, the lead writer of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, is no longer working on the sequel. Hardsuit Labs announced that he and Ka'ai Cluney were laid off, which was supposed have been to be a huge surprise for Mitsoda.

Long-time GTA Producer and Radio DJ Voice Left Rockstar

Milosz Szubert, 14 August 2020, 21:12

Jeffrey „Lazlow” Jones is no longer a member of Rockstar. He is mainly known for his work on GTA games. He produced them, wrote scripts for radio stations and played the role of their presenters.

Ubisoft Fires AC Valhalla's Creative Director

Agnes Adamus, 14 August 2020, 20:00

Former creative director of AC: Valhalla, Ashraf Ismail, was officially fired by Ubisoft. The French company does not disclose the exact reasons for his dismissal and explains that the decision is the result of an internal investigation. This may be a consequence of Ismail having an affair.

Scandal at Ubisoft - Another Veteran Laid Off

Adrian Werner, 04 August 2020, 19:55

The Ubisoft scandal continues. Tommy Francois became another veteran of the company who was fired due to inappropriate behaviour towards the women employed by the publisher.

AC: Valhalla's Creative Director Steps Down in Atmosphere of Scandal

Darius Matusiak, 24 June 2020, 22:44

The creative director of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla has stepped down after his love affair came to light.

Dying Light 2 and Bloodlines 2 Without Chris Avellone

Jacob Blazewicz, 23 June 2020, 12:32

Chris Avellone is no longer working on Dying Light 2 and Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, all because of sexual harassment charges pressed against the iconic screewriter.

Rumor: Studio Working on DayZ was Shut Down [Updated]

Czarus, 28 April 2020, 12:26

Rumor has it that the Bratislava studio, one of the two responsible for developing DayZ, has been closed down. If the reports turn out to be true, the game may no longer receive new content.

Overwatch Writer Leaves Blizzard

Jacob Blazewicz, 12 March 2020, 13:32

Michael Chu has announced his departure from Blizzard Entertainment. The main screenwriter of the Overwatch series leaves the company after almost 20 years of work, but still wants to create stories for video games.

Disney's Got New CEO; Bob Iger Leaves After 15 Years

Bart Swiatek, 26 February 2020, 16:36

Bob Iger, who has been the CEO of Disney for the last fifteen years, has decided to resign from his post with immediate effect. His place will be taken by Bob Chapek, the former head of the theme parks, experience and product department.

Rockstar is Not Planning Any More Departures After Dan Houser

Konrad Serafinski, 08 February 2020, 21:31

Rockstar Games does not plan any more departures. This is what Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, said when asked about this eventuality after Dan Houser left the studio. By the way, he stresses that the company has never been stronger.

Layoffs in the Studio Responsible for System Shock 3

Frozen, 08 February 2020, 21:08

Disturbing news comes from OtherSide Entertainment, the studio that makes up the third installment of the iconic System Shock series. The future of the series awaited by fans was questioned after the company layoff a significant number of employees at the end of last year.

Sony Shuts Down the Studio Responsible for PS VR Games

Adrian Werner, 05 February 2020, 12:10

Sony announced that it will soon dissolve the Manchester Studio devteam, which was established in 2015 to create VR games.

Dan Houser, Co-creator of GTA, Leaves Rockstar Games

Peter Doron, 05 February 2020, 11:58

On March 11 2020, Dan Houser, co-founder of the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption franchises, will leave the ranks of Rockstar Games. Unfortunately, the reasons for this surprising decision were not revealed.

Mass Layoffs at the Polish Publisher of Cyberpunk 2077 [Updated]

Christian Pieniazek, 23 January 2020, 22:00

According to reliable sources, CDP, which was supposed to be the Polish distributor of Cyberpunk 2077, has just laid off a lot of staff. The company will probably soon be completely extinguished. At present, it is not known which company could take over the rights to distribute the title in Poland.

Assassin's Creed Developers Will Make Games for Google Stadia

Paul Wozniak, 30 November 2019, 17:50

Google's newly-created video gamedev team just employed some people who have worked on the Assassin's Creed series. They will be responsible for creating exclusive and original titles for the Google Stadia streaming platform.

Yesterday, Human Head Studios Released Rune II, Today it was Absorbed by Bethesda

Krzysztof Kaluzinski, 13 November 2019, 22:20

Today, the American studio Human Head closed its operations after 22 years of existence on the gaming market. However, all the employees quickly found employment in the newly formed Roundhouse Studios team opened by Bethesda.

Layoffs in Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Frozen, 10 October 2019, 11:22

Dozens of employees in the European branch of SIE were laid off on the day of the official announcement of PlayStation 5. The decision for the restructuring is explained by the need to unify individual branches of the company.

Worldwide Studios CEO Shawn Layden Leaves Sony

Krzysztof Kaluzinski, 01 October 2019, 14:38

Shawn Layden unexpectedly parted with Sony. The name of the new head of Worldwide Studios, which brings together development studios creating games for PlayStation 4 and 5, has not yet been announced.

Pathologic 2 Was a Financial Failure

Agnes Adamus, 24 August 2019, 19:29

In May, Pathologic 2 - a remake of the action-adventure game released in 2005 - hit the stores. It turns out that the game has sold poorly. In an interview for DTF, Ice-Pick Lodge admitted that a number of its employees have been laid off and plans for further development of the series had been postponed indefinitely.

Dragon Age 4 Loses Lead Producer

Jacob Blazewicz, 18 August 2019, 17:08

Another dev has left BioWare. Fernando Melo, the lead producer of the upcoming Dragon Age, has just said goodbye to the studio.

Lead Producer of Anthem has Left BioWare

Jacob Blazewicz, 16 August 2019, 14:27

Ben Irving has left BioWare. The creator was known mainly as the lead producer of the online shooter Anthem.

Co-creator of Doom and Quake Helps With Porting Witcher 3 to Switch

Michael Kulakowski, 13 August 2019, 22:44

Tim Willits, an industry veteran working for id Software since 1995, where he co-created Doom and Quake as a studio director and level designer, joins Saber Interactive's development team responsible for The Witcher 3 port to Nintendo Switch. At the new company, Willits will take up the position of creative director.

Frank Pearce Leaves Blizzard Entertainment

Paul Wozniak, 20 July 2019, 14:10

The co-founder of Blizzard leaves the company after 28 years of work. In his official statement, he thanks others for the opportunity to fulfill his dream of creating video games.

After Layoffs Blizzard is Recruiting Again... For the Same Positions

Julia Dragovic, 05 July 2019, 15:38

After a considerable purge of staff, Blizzard started recruiting Community Managers for Hearthstone. It would not be surprising if it were not for the fact that six months ago, for financial reasons, the company fired all of them. Former employees are not particularly satisfied with this fact, to put it mildly. Some of them are still unemployed.

Creator of Call of Duty Will Make Games For PUBG Corp

Jacob Blazewicz, 26 June 2019, 23:45

PUBG Corp. has announced the employment of Glen Schofield as head of the new studio. The creator of Dead Space and the Call of Duty series will lead the Striking Distance team in creating story-oriented productions set in the Playerunknown's Battlegrounds universe.

Former CEO of Sony, Kaz Hirai, Retires

Paul Wozniak, 20 June 2019, 18:08

The former CEO of Sony, who has been the chairman of the supervisory board since last year, Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai, retired on June 18. Hirai has worked for 35 years in the company and has a lot of successes to his credit.

Lumberyard Engine Responsible For Trouble in Amazon Games Studio

Adrian Werner, 18 June 2019, 15:25

Things are bad in Amazon Game Studios. Several dozen employees were laid off and unannounced projects were cancelled. One of the main reasons for these problems is the Lumberyard engine.

Blizzard Will Lose Even More Employees?

Jacob Blazewicz, 02 June 2019, 23:48

More high-profile employees can leave the ranks of Blizzard Entertainment. According to Dexerto there will be several resignations from the Blizzard E-sports team in the next two weeks. Reason - low morale due to the decisions made by the management.

CD Projekt RED Hires the Creator of The Witcher Prologue Remastered

Bart Swiatek, 05 April 2019, 16:28

In a recent podcast organized by the editorial staff of GameStar, one of the CD Projekt RED developers admitted that it is not rare for the company to hire talented modders.

Intel Lays Off Common Employees, Hires a Pro From Nvidia

ElMundo, 01 April 2019, 14:59

One of the biggest producers of hardware components – Intel – plans to lay off several hundred people from two of its offices. What's more, Tom Petersen, one of Nvidia's top workers is going to join the company.

Kaz Hirai Retires in June

Bart Swiatek, 28 March 2019, 15:20

Former CEO of Sony, currently the company's chairman – Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai – will retire on June 18. Hirai has spent 35 years in the company and is responsible for many of its successes.