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Layoffs hit Turbine

Warner Bros. says Lord of the Rings Online studio "remains an integral part" of company despite cuts

Last week, Turbine Games expanded with a handful of high-profile hires, led by veteran designer Ken Rolston. However, this week has seen the studio size shrinking, as the Warer Bros.-owned developer has undergone a round of layoffs.

"As part of the continual review of our business operations and fluctuating market conditions, we have had to make reductions in our Turbine workforce," a representative told GamesIndustry International. "The group continues to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment."

Boston-based Turbine Games is best known as the developer of Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and Asheron's Call. WBIE acquired the outfit for an undisclosed sum in 2010.

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Latest comments (1)

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
As ever my commiserations and sympathy for those who find themselves without work.

The good thing is that the industry is hiring like crazy as it transitions from console to mobile. So now Unity is a more valuable skill than C++.
Already the app industry in the USA is employing over 300,000 people, so it totally dwarfs the remaining console game industry.

At Kwalee we are quietly going through another hiring round and we are not the only developer in Silicon Spa looking for good people to work on mobile. It is a massive growth industry whilst console continues to collapse. I predict a very big round of console studio layoffs after Christmas when senior management realise that the figures just don't add up anymore. You can't pay wages when you don't have sales.
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