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Eutechnyx confirms 12 jobs cut

Eutechnyx confirms 12 jobs cut

Wed 19 Feb 2014 10:03am GMT / 5:03am EST / 2:03am PST
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"We continue to employ 130 people and recruit for these new areas that we are working in."

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Eutechnyx is the world's leading independent driving game developer, with studios in the UK, Hong Kong,...

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British developer Eutechnyx today confirmed that it cut 12 members of staff last week in response to changes in the market place.

"Back in 2010 we secured a 6m investment which has enabled us to take control of our own destiny," CEO Darren Jobling told Eurogamer.

"We're now developing more new IP and entering new and emerging markets. All of this requires a restructure of how we focus our efforts internally, and sadly, last week, 12 people left us as part of that restructure. We continue to employ 130 people and recruit for these new areas that we are working in.

"This week we're launching three titles and over the next week or so we'll be announcing a major initiative involving China.

"The changes that we are making to our business are adjustments we think the majority of developers are going to have to make over the coming years to reflect the changes in markets and playing patterns. As a result, Eutechnyx is in a stronger position to focus on growth within the new and emerging markets that we have identified."

According to the report some Eutechnyx staff are currently on loan to Ubisoft Reflection as it develops The Division.

It follows the closure of the company's London office in June last year.

In October Eutechnyx co-founders Brian and Darren Jobling became executive chairman and CEO. The studio is best known for the NASCAR series and Auto Club Revolution, and is also at work on Warhammer 40K title Storm of Vengeance.

8 Comments

Alex O'Dwyer
Animator

162 155 1.0
Very sorry to hear about this, and best of luck to anyone I might know who has been effected.

Posted:A month ago

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Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

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Interesting. In Leamington Spa Blitz Games went bust last Autumn with 175 staff. At the time there were 30 something game companies in Leamington Spa. I was told yesterday by someone who knows that there are now more than 52! Easily the biggest concentration on earth. Games are the biggest industry in town.

Meanwhile a Leamington mobile developer, Caperfly, went bust.

I think this will be the employment pattern in our industry now. Much more dynamic with companies forming and going bust at a dizzying pace. So people will change jobs far more frequently.

This gives Leamington a further advantage, there are always job vacancies somewhere. And if you want to set up on your own it is something quite normal and acceptable in town.

Posted:A month ago

#2

Alex O'Dwyer
Animator

162 155 1.0
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I think this will be the employment pattern in our industry now. Much more dynamic with companies forming and going bust at a dizzying pace. So people will change jobs far more frequently.
I hope to god you are wrong. I can't think of a more unstable and unsettling way of earning your living. It would dilute the notion of a permanent position in our industry even more. In my years in the industry I have seen the same companies fold and resurect umpteen times, always headed by the same couple of owners. The staff are thrown around like ragdolls in a washing machine and it is a terrible way of treating people.

Posted:A month ago

#3

Terry Lee
Producer

2 1 0.5
I have moved jobs quite a lot since I graduated, worked contract, been made redundant and worked perm contract and then moved on. I think the key to working in the industry the way it is at the moment to be very flexible in terms of your living arrangements. Be open to the fact that you may have to move for your job. Alternative to that is move to an area such as Leamington or London that have other jobs that are in the area.

Posted:A month ago

#4

robert troughton
Managing Director

216 84 0.4
Pitbull have offices in Leamington - as well as Sunderland (close to where Eutechnyx were based) and Guildford.

Remembering that we're talking about Eutechnyx here, I'd just like to say that this area of the UK is showing its strength in the games industry at the moment in unprecedented ways... we have ourselves working with Epic Games on Unreal Engine 4 and games built with that, we have CCP Games working on Eve Valkyrie, Ubisoft Reflections working on Watchdogs, Just Dance and more, Atomhawk doing stuff for all sorts of AAA games, Double Eleven working on Pixeljunk games and Frozen Synapse, and many, many more... most of these studios are actively recruiting.

Leamington is a very buoyant area in the games business, for sure, but it's far from being the only one.

Also... studios starting up and closing down... that's something that's always happened - it's just happening more and more recently because of what's happening across all industries. It's very, very tough out there.

Anyway, best of luck to all that are affected in these redundancies and I hope everyone finds their feet.

Posted:A month ago

#5

Gareth O'Neill
Environment Artist (Contract)

35 19 0.5
Alternative to that is move to an area such as Leamington or London that have other jobs that are in the area.
Having Lived in the North East all of my Life there's no way I'd want to move down there unless it was a last resort, quality of Life is much better here, we get paid less but the North east is a fantastic place to live and work with great people, why should we sacrifice it?

There is another alternative though, Companies actually start opening more up in the north east INSTEAD of the Overcrowded Leamington and London Areas, It'd be a damn site cheaper if they did as well. Unfortunately most people that make those decisions think down south is the place to be for reasons unknown to me.

Posted:A month ago

#6

Terry Lee
Producer

2 1 0.5
Without me sounding like a smart arse, but having lived in the NE all of your life how would you know? :)
However having lived in both I agree that the NE is a fantastic place to live, though every area has its qualities and issues.

Yes it would be better if everything was a lot more spread out but that just isn't the case, so employees just have to work with what they have.

Posted:A month ago

#7

Gareth O'Neill
Environment Artist (Contract)

35 19 0.5
Nah not Smart Arse, Valid Point I suppose, I've never Lived there, but I do have relatives and have actually travelled and visited there. For example I was completely in awe of the fact that when you step off the tube there are Signs up to remind people to not rush everywhere and be courteous, no pushing etc.

Also the fact that when I visited Ripley's believe it or not and said good afternoon to one of the employees I was met with a shocked face and a Gasp Followed by an explanation that he had forgotten what he was meant to say to people as he's so used to everyone ignoring him. I explained I was from the North East and he responded with an "ahhh that makes sense then"
That Says it all in one tiny example if you ask me :)

but you are right :-)

I do rather prefer to dream of a better and fairer world than face the one we live in at times.

Posted:A month ago

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