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Gameforge lays off 100 employees

Thu 03 Nov 2011 11:53am GMT / 7:53am EDT / 4:53am PDT
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German browser company cuts staff as Frogster CEO steps down; Future of Star Trek title uncertain

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With an impressive portfolio of around 20 titles and over 380 million registered players, Gameforge is...

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German online browser company Gameforge is to axe 100 of its 450 employees.

The company is best known for massively multiplayer online and strategy titles, and recently claimed to reach 300 million users.

"Through a more efficient organisational structure, we can optimise our use of resources and great potential for further growth increase," said CEO Alexander Roesner in a statement. "This will strengthen our long term position in the dynamic market for online games."

The company has cancelled games Mythos and Hellbreed, and said it may struggle to release Star Trek: Infinite Space unless it can sign a co-publishing deal.

Last year Gameforge took over Frogster, prompting multiple senior executives to leave the company.

Yesterday it was announced that Frogster founder and CEO Christoph Gerlinger would leave the company after nearly seven years.

15 Comments

Mario Rizzo WW Studios, Head of Free-to-Play, Ubisoft

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Whoa... shocking news. Good luck to everyone affected I hope you all find new positions soon.

@Matt, I believe that Alexander is the Founder / CEO of Gameforge. I believe that Christoph was the Founder / CEO of Frogster (the company Gameforge acquired).

Posted:2 years ago

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Matt Martin Editor, GamesIndustry.biz

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Yes, you're right. I've updated the story.

Posted:2 years ago

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Carl Silvers Researcher, Electronic Arts

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I'd be more than willing to talk to any of the affected staff with regards to positions within EA.

Posted:2 years ago

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Kane Caswell Community Manager, Crowdstar Games

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Shame. I play Ogame, one of their browser based games. All the best to the employees that were let go.

Posted:2 years ago

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James Ingrams Writer

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This company, the Rock You 50% staff cuts and the THQ.losses combined with the growth of PC indie and Eastern European developers and the decline in console game sales show, tell me a quiet revolution in taking place in gaming, and a reaction to the "sameness" of AAA console titles.

Posted:2 years ago

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Philipp Karstaedt Producer / Product & Project Manager

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I'm sorry for those affected. I'm sure bright minds can find a job at another Germany-based f2p publisher pretty easily...

Posted:2 years ago

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Raf Keustermans CEO, co-founder Plumbee

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Surprising, I thought they were doing very well... For those who lost their job: Plumbee, new VC-backed social gaming startup in London is also looking for good people (http://plumbee.theresumator.com/ for details and job specs).

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Mark James Platform Technology Director, LucasArts

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Sorry to here about more losses in the industry. If any ex-employees are looking for work please let me know if I can help. Positions available are at http://www.lucasfilm.apply2jobs.com/Prof...

Posted:2 years ago

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Dale Broadbent 3D Artist

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Layoffs suck. For those affected, try not to take it personally. Believe in yourselves and your skills - you can do it! Best of luck to you all.

Posted:2 years ago

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Wolfgang Hamann Pres/CEO, Koolhaus Games

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Sorry to hear about this. If anyone is looking to leave the turbulence of European development for a chart topping, stable, six year+, solid development studio in Vancouver, Canada, please check out http://www.koolhausgames.com for open positions.

Posted:2 years ago

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Matthew Hill Head of Recruitment, Specialmove

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Good to see lots of options here for employees who may be affected by these cuts.

To add another Outplay Entertainment, a strong UK based social games developer have a range of vacancies. The vacancy list is being updated so even if you don't find the perfect match please apply and we will contact you with details of suitable positions.

Managed by succesful developers Doug & Richard Hare, Outplay offer proven management and opportunity to make a real contribution to the success of projects

Link http://www.outplayentertainment.com/jobs/

Good Luck !

Posted:2 years ago

#11

Francesco Genovese Recruitment Manager, Jagex Games Studio

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Really sorry to hear about this guys.
We currently have 52 vacancies live so, if any of the affected staff would like to hear more about them, please get in touch (francesco.genovese@jagex.com) or visit http://www.jagex.com/careers#/vacancies. Best of luck to you all!

Posted:2 years ago

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Ajay Joshi director, cafe-t

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Feeling bad for the people involved in this.
Currently we have about 50 positions in new delhi india.
Pls contact me if you can relocate to new delhi, the capital of India.
you can email me on maildelhi@gmail.com
regards
ajay
new delhi

Posted:2 years ago

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@ Francesco - Out of curiosuity, surely jagex doesnt need more employees over the 450 + staff, its not a small moon, so it must be a death star :)

Posted:2 years ago

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Christopher Weaver Independent Computer Games Professional, Frogster America

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Well I work for Frogster America, which was taken over by Gameforge. I have not said anything here yet, due to not knowing what is going on. I still do not know what is happening to be honest.

I work as an External/Remote Game Master/Fraud Management Specialist/Support Team for Frogster America. It seems the lay-offs are totally or mostly in Europe. So far I have not been affected, but who knows what tomorrow brings.

So, my deepest sorrows go out to those who have lost their job.

Posted:2 years ago

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