Lightbox Interactive, the Starhawk developer, has been hit with layoffs, laying off 24 of its employees. George Broussard tweeted yesterday about the possibility of layoffs at the studio and it was later confirmed by studio founder Dylan Jobe.
"I am not shutting down LightBox Interactive but I did pre-emptively inform my staff that there were going to be lay-offs on Friday - 24 people, to be exact," said Jobe.
"Too often in our industry, people are 'let go' with no warning, no severance, no time at all to prepare their portfolios," Jobe continued. "It's actually quite terrible. That's not how we run things here at LightBox Interactive. The whole reason for me informing my team of lay-offs before they happen is so they have time to prepare. Collect stuff for their portfolios, capture screen shots or video - the stuff that helps people land on their feet. All 24 employees were also given a severance package."
"Why the lay-offs? Well, as you know... the industry is changing. We are moving away from traditional console development to self-fund the development of our next game on Apple's iOS devices," Jobe added. "Santa Monica Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment are fantastic people and great to work with. We have had, and will continue to have, a great relationship with everyone over there and I have no doubt that they'll continue to bring the kick-ass games - and hardware - to gamers everywhere."
Lightbox had an agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment America, but it has been let known by a SCEA spokeperson that the agreement has ended.
"Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that it has amicably ended its working agreement with developer LightBox Interactive, Inc.," said the Sony spokesperson. "We have had a positive and long-standing working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavor. Starhawk and Warhawk will continue to be supported by Santa Monica Studio."