Nintendo’s mobile partner cuts jobs as it “reshapes North American studio operations”

DeNA layoffs at Vancouver and San Francisco

Japanese publisher DeNA has laid of an unspecified but reportedly significant number of employees in the US.

Most of the layoffs appear to be from its Vancouver development studio, according to VentureBeat. However, the site’s sources also suggest the firm has “laid off dozens” from its San Francisco office as well.

The redundancies have come as something of a surprise given the recent announcement of a major partnership with Nintendo to bring the platform holder’s IP to mobile. DeNA has explained the job cuts as part of a restructure.

“DeNA Group is continually evaluating its game development operations to ensure that it’s structured in the best possible way to deliver high-quality mobile games to consumers worldwide,” the firm said in a statement.

“As part of this process, we have decided to reshape the structure of our North American studio operations along with a reduction in workforce. We appreciate their contributions to DeNA and are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with them.

“The West will continue to be one of our core markets for our mobile gaming business, and this decision has no relation to our alliance with Nintendo or the popularity of [recent release] Final Fantasy Record Keeper.”

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