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Company axes its N-Gage development outfit, affecting some 100 jobs

Nokia closes Canadian studio

Nokia has shut down its Vancouver-based game studio, affecting some 100 jobs in the process, Develop understands.

Nokia’s N-Gage Design Studio in Vancouver had developed a significant number of titles for the first and second generation N-Gage systems, as well as for mobile phones. The group worked on franchises such as Call of Duty, Tiger Woods and Tony Hawks.

The studio closed its doors on June 30, while the fate of its workforce – some 100 staff – is unclear, for now.

Nokia was unable to comment when contacted by Develop.

Nokia announced back in March that it would be cutting 1,700 jobs across its global enterprise – on top of the 600 layoffs announced back in November – in a bid to save the company around £647 million. 

Nokia warned in January that it expected the worldwide mobile phone market to shrink by 10 per cent this year.

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