Redundancies hit Portalarium - report

Richard Garriott's social developer lays off staff at its Austin studio

UPDATE: A representative for Portaliarium confirmed the news to GamesIndustry International, saying, "We are reducing staff to the appropriate levels to support and grow our recently launched products, as well as continue development of Richard Garriott's Ultimate RPG." The original story follows below.

Portalarium, the social game studio founded by Richard Garriott, has laid off an unspecified number of employees at its studio in Austin, Texas.

News of the redundancies broke on Twitter on Friday, when senior programmer Paul Evans said, “Today [Portalarium] had to lay off people and I was one of them.”

Evans, who was a programmer at Lionhead before making the move to Portalarium in July 2011, also noted that the redundancies were a “surprise” to the employees involved, and that Portalarium's management, “could've been better prepared with more notice.”

Portalarium was founded by veteran designer Richard Garriott in 2009. The studio's first social game, Ultimate Collector, soft launched on Facebook and in November, and counts the retailer Macy's and book publisher Simon & Schuster as brand partners.

Portalarium also raised $7 million in series A funding in July. The round was led by the UK VC firm m8 Capital, and included a contribution from Garriott himself.

"This is an important step for the growth of our company," said Garriott at the time.

Portalarium has been contacted regarding the redundancies. The story will be updated when more information is available.

More stories

Shroud of the Avatar goes free-to-play

Portalarium's episodic RPG makes major changes four months after round of layoffs

By Rebekah Valentine

Shroud of the Avatar developer lays off staff

Portalarium downsizes team to match revenues as Kickstarter rewards are shipped

By Rebekah Valentine

Latest comments (3)

Joseph DeFrates Associate Producer, Replay Games8 years ago
No surprise here!! Have you seen their games? They SUCK!!!!!!
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters8 years ago
Well, there's a super professional response if ever I saw one.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
I guess after the NcSoft debacle, its tricky to figure of Garriot is safe to back/or avoid
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.