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Jam City Lays Off 17% of Staff

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Game Developer Jam City, which is the team behind the mobile titles such as Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and Disney Emoji Blitz, has reportedly laid off around 17% of their staff which essentially impacts hundreds of employees throughout the company, according to VentureBeat.

The primary impact of the layoffs was felt within subsidiary studio Ludia, who were behind Jurassic World Alive. Jam City is also behind the blockchain game Champions Ascension.

Jam City said, in an official statement, that the decision to lay off between 150 to 200 people across the firm was a “necessary move to enhance our flexibility and increase operating efficiencies, better positioning Jam City for long-term growth.”

“This also follows a broader restructuring we recently completed to realign our development teams under genre divisions focused on subject-matter expertise to optimize performance,” the statement continued. “We thank those who are leaving us for their many contributions and are providing severance packages and benefits to help with the transition.”

Furthermore: “In light of the challenging global economy and its impact on the gaming industry, Jam City has made the difficult decision to reduce the size of our team by about 17%. In recent years, we have made a number of strategic acquisitions, and this move represents a right sizing of our work force to address redundancies associated with those transactions.

“While Jam City remains profitable, we believe that in the current operating environment, this is a necessary move to enhance our financial flexibility and increase operating efficiencies, better positioning Jam City for long-term growth. This also follows a broader restructuring we recently completed to realign our development teams under genre divisions focused on subject-matter expertise to optimize performance. We thank those who are leaving us for their many contributions and are providing severance packages and benefits to help with the transition.”

 

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