Euro development jobs moved to US, confirms NCsoft
Seattle and California teams will grow as publisher consolidates European operations
NCsoft has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that development positions in the UK are to be moved to North America.
Some 55 development staff were axed in Brighton today, leaving the remaining team to concentrate on European sales and marketing.
"The European office is transitioning to have a stronger focus in marketing and sales, with many of the existing disciplines being consolidated in our studios on the US West Coast and our headquarters in Seattle," said a spokesperson for the company.
"Additionally, we are transitioning to an embedded quality assurance model in which the QA staff works in our studios directly with the development teams, providing support throughout the entire development process.”
The publisher said that as many as 90 employees across the group will be affected by the changes.
Some development and community roles may be recreated in Seattle and California said NCsoft, and there is also a possibility that the sales and marketing team in the UK will grow.
"In order to solidify and streamline company operations across all NCsoft West territories, we are implementing some structural changes which will impact 70 to 90 employees," detailed the company. "We are working with these employees to determine the best fit for approximately 80 alternate positions within the company."