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Gameloft Indian studio reportedly closed

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.

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 3 years ago
It would be fascinating to know the real story behind this.
As it is we can only guess.
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John Bye Lead Designer, Future Games of London3 years ago
"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?
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Farhan Noor Senior 3D artist, TinyCo3 years ago
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
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Inode Entertainment is currently seeking qualified developers, designers, etc for upcoming India Studio, please send resumes to jobsindia@inodesoft.com
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