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Gameloft Indian studio reportedly closed

Gameloft Indian studio reportedly closed

Tue 29 Jan 2013 10:29pm GMT / 5:29pm EST / 2:29pm PST
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Mobile publisher's year-end sales spike followed by loss of work for more than 250 developers

Gameloft today proudly touted its full-year sales growth, but the news was followed by a Gamasutra report that the mobile publisher was simultaneously shuttering its Hyderabad, India offices, leaving more than 250 developers out of work.

Citing former employees with the studio, Gamasutra says that Gameloft dismissed the employees in a company-wide meeting this afternoon. Additionally, the developers were asked to sign forms specifying that they were leaving for personal reasons and not being laid off.

Although Gameloft does not list the Hyderabad location in the "World Presence" section of its website, the studio was responsible for porting some of the company's iOS titles to Android platforms. In announcing its year-end results today, the publisher attributed its 27 percent year-over-year sales growth in large part to its mobile and tablet games, which have now grown to represent 56 percent of the company's revenues.

Gameloft did not immediately return a request for comment.

4 Comments

Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

1,692 594 0.4
It would be fascinating to know the real story behind this.
As it is we can only guess.

Posted:A year ago

#1

John Bye Senior Game Designer, Future Games of London

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"Additionally, the developers were asked to sign forms specifying that they were leaving for personal reasons and not being laid off"
Is that legal, even in India?

Posted:A year ago

#2

Farhan Noor Senior 3D artist, TinyCo

6 6 1.0
I doubt it. Wouldn't be surprised considering they ran their employees to the ground at their New Zealand studio a couple years back: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2011-07-18-gameloft-auckland-accused-of-poor-working-conditions

Posted:A year ago

#3
Inode Entertainment is currently seeking qualified developers, designers, etc for upcoming India Studio, please send resumes to jobsindia@inodesoft.com

Posted:A year ago

#4

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