Minor layoffs at Jagex as publisher refocuses on Runescape, Transformers

10 staff lose jobs as "experimental projects" dropped

Runescape developer and publisher Jagex has confirmed the loss of ten jobs as part of an "organisational restructuring" program.

The ten staff were apparently working on new projects which were deemed to be financially non-viable, leading the Cambridge-based studio to refocus its efforts on both Runescape and the forthcoming Transformers MMO.

"The company's #1 focus this year is on its flagship titles 'RuneScape' and 'Transformers Universe'," a spokesperson told GamesIndustry International. "Therefore we have had to make some difficult decisions on priorities which will affect ten employees. These individuals were working on new experimental projects which ultimately did not warrant further investment. We will naturally continue to support and help those affected during this difficult time and also reach out to other companies for outplacements opportunities."

Earlier this month, the company laid off thirteen members of the team working on Transformers, promising that the job losses would not affect the quality or schedule of the game.

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
Good that they are matching their workforce to their needs, even whilst being immensely profitable. More businesses should do this, it is better for everyone concerned.
Bad news for those who have lost their jobs and good luck finding alternative employment. The industry is buzzing right now with literally hundreds of new startup game companies. We live in exciting times.
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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee4 years ago
Considering the record success, I do feel a little upset there was simply nowhere for the staff to be placed, even if on something new and exciting in another business area - but if it makes sense it makes sense from a business perspective.

Fingers crossed on finding new positions!
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It could be that jagex have a bit too many staff overall
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