GSN Games has laid off an estimated 15-20 people this week, less than six months after the company’s last round of layoffs, which affected a variety of positions throughout the company, including veteran game designer Steve Meretzky.
These latest layoffs are expected to hit positions throughout the company with Gamasutra, who broke the original news, suggesting that artists, engineers and producers are just some of the roles that could be afflicted.
GSN Games CEO David Goldhill then gave a statement to Gamasutra, confirming the layoffs and explaining them as part of the studio’s restructuring process:
"Last summer at GSN Games, we began a restructuring exercise to better align studio resources to deliver on our long-term growth plans and sustain profitability. We have since completed our organizational restructure, focused on five distinct studios across social casino, solitaire, bingo and skill-based gaming categories.
In line with this restructure, we made the difficult decision to implement a reduction in workforce on January 25th in select offices. The reduction primarily impacted those working in cross-functional teams, QA and creative. In looking more closely at our staffing and cost structure, this was a necessary step in order to empower our teams and their leaders to execute on our 2017 plans.
We, unfortunately, had to say goodbye to talented individuals who have played an integral role in helping grow and shape GSN Games into a market-leader in social casino, casual and skill-based gaming. We are committed to providing outplacement services to those impacted by this change, and I thank each of our departing colleagues for all their contributions to GSN Games."