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Harmonix loses '12-15%' of staff in "restructuring"

More turbulence for Rock Band dev

Rock Band developer Harmonix has reportedly let go between 12 and 15 per cent of its 240 staff.

A spokesperson last night confirmed toJostiq that it was "reducing the number of full-time staff" as a result of "restructuring our organization to bring it into alignment with our current product development plans.

"We sincerely appreciate the work of each and every one of these employees. Harmonix is working to ensure that those affected are well taken care of as we make this change."

The studio has seen troubled times of late, having been put up for sale by former owner Viacom then re-establishing itself with private investment.

Last week, Viacom closed down the remainder of MTV Games as part of its apparently withdrawal from the videogames industry.

Harmonix is known to be working on a 3DS music game, as well as downloadable content for Dane Central Rock Band 3.

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Latest comments (7)

Robert Kelly6 years ago
Is 240 staff a large amount for a studio?
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Kim Soares Lead Designer, Nitro Games6 years ago
Yes, it is. Imagine how much they pay in salaries alone each month for 240 people. If they only have two games in production, they are bleeding money and have to lay off people. That's the problem of big inhouse teams.
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Kyle Gaywood Studying Computer Games Design, University of Huddersfield6 years ago
I'm not sure, but I think it's about average
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Robert Kelly6 years ago
Ok, I think the ass creed developer is 400 or so. But I don't know if they're a special case. Thanks :)
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
240 is large for having just 2 games in development...just as Kim noted.

Robert, the Assassin's Creed development team, Ubisoft Montreal, work on several titles per year.
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Robert Kelly6 years ago
Ahh ok. Thank you :)
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Private Industry 6 years ago
Wow thats a lot of people for what they do. Hope they find something new.

Other than that "downloadable content for Dane Central Rock Band 3. " well "downloadable content for Dance Central and Rock Band 3." :)
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