NCsoft confirms layoffs as mobile and tablets are targeted

Ben Parfitt
NCsoft confirms layoffs as mobile and tablets are targeted

A number of developers have lost their jobs amidst a restructuring at MMO makers NCsoft.

Today we announced a restructuring of key operations within NC West,” an official statement confirmed. As a result of this restructuring, we are implementing staff reductions across our Western operations with the exclusion of ArenaNet.

While decisions like this are always hard, they are necessary as we begin the implementation of a new strategy designed to strengthen our footing as a leader in global entertainment.

Moving forward, we will continue to focus on our core development capabilities and the intellectual properties (WildStar, Aion, Lineage, and Guild Wars franchises) that have made NCsoft what it is today. However, we are looking to move into new business segments like mobile and tablet games as well as explore emerging technologies.

Again, the decision to reduce staff was not an easy one, and we sincerely wish everyone well in their next endeavours.”

Polygon reports that around 60 positions have been scrapped at Wildstar developer Carbine Studios alone, with further losses affecting all other studios with the exception of ArenaNet.

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