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Activision closes Budcat, axes 88 staff

By Matt Martin

Tue 16 Nov 2010 11:09pm GMT / 6:09pm EST / 3:09pm PST

Music studio shuttered as QA staff dropped in California

Activision Publishing

Activision, Inc. is a leading international publisher of interactive entertainment software products....

Activision has closed its Budcat Creations studio and confirmed that it is laying off staff in its Californian QA team.

The move comes as it reassesses racing studio Bizarre Creations, with the possibility of closure, sale or downsizing at the Liverpool outfit.

"We continue to streamline our music development resources to ensure that they are aligned against our slate and strategic goals," the publisher said in a statement to Gamasutra.

"As a result, we are implementing a targeted reduction in jobs in our quality assurance team in California and closing our Budcat studio in Iowa. Budcat has been a great partner to Activision and has created a lasting impact on the Guitar Hero franchise.

"Approximately 88 positions, or approximately 1 per cent of our global workforce, will be impacted by these reductions. We are working to redirect those employees that are impacted to other parts of the company where possible, as well as offering them outplacement counselling services."

Activision acquired Budcat two years ago to work on its music franchises, and it has released PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of Guitar Hero and Band Hero games.

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Steven Peck Quality Assurance Lead, Double Fine Productions

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Budcat did the PS2 port of Psychonauts and were a really great group of guys. I hope they land on their feet and wish them well.

Posted:5 years ago


Private Industry

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Good luck to them hope they find something new soon.

Posted:5 years ago


Mike York Character Animator

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Aweee this is a bummer to hear yet another studio closed down by Activision. I have a couple of buddies that work there or used to work there :( I hope they are able to find work soon.

Posted:5 years ago


Charles Lentz Game Developer, Stardock

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Bummer. A guy I graduated college with was working there when he first got into the industry. I wonder if he still was. I hate to see a company get bought up, only to be closed a couple years later.

Posted:5 years ago


Philip Wilson Project Manager/QA

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I think it can be pretty much officially said that Activision is the "EA"...and I don't mean that in a good way.

Posted:5 years ago


Paquito Hernandez Vice-President Asia-Pacific, Bug-Tracker

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Hello Everyone, new QA adventure is still possible. Bug-Tracker is hiring at Bug-Tracker Montreal, Paris and Chengdu. We are always looking for experienced QA Testers, Leads and PM to join our team. /

Posted:5 years ago


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