RIFT producer exits for Zynga
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RIFT producer exits for Zynga

RIFT producer Hal Hanlin has left Trion Worlds after four and a half years in order to take on a new role as lead producer at Zynga. “Nothing but love for Trion, but with the maturation of Rift, there was no urgent demand for my specific skillset... Read More»
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Civilization 4 designer consulting for Stardock
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Civilization 4 designer consulting for Stardock

Civilization 4 lead designer and Zynga staffer Soren Johnson has signed on to work with Stardock on upcoming games. The developer told Joystiq that Johnson isn’t a full time employee, and is instead acting as a consultant. “We’ve brought on board someone many of you know – Soren Johnson who has come to Stardock, at ... Read More»
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BioWare: San Francisco shuttered, all staff laid off – rumour
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BioWare: San Francisco shuttered, all staff laid off – rumour

Dragon Age: Legends developer BioWare San Francisco has been closed, with all jobs lost, according to reports citing anonymous sources. Word of the lay-offs came via GamesRadar‘s sources and has been corroborated by IGN. The studio employed between 25 and 30 staff, and all have ben laid off, the reports claim. Sources say the Californian ... Read More»
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Aliens: Colonial Marines developer issues lay-offs
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Aliens: Colonial Marines developer issues lay-offs

Aliens: Colonial Marines co-developer Timegate Studios has laid off an unspecified number of staff. “Today, we had to make the difficult decision to let go of some great game developers,” TimeGate president Adel Chaveleh told Polygon. “This is never easy, and we’re doing all we can to assist those developers affected.” Chaveleh implied the cuts ... Read More»
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Call of Duty co-creator exits Respawn – rumour
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Call of Duty co-creator exits Respawn – rumour

Jason West, one half of the team that founded Infinity Ward and created Call of Duty, is said to have left new studio Respawn Entertainment. The news comes via Kotaku, citing two anonymous sources. West is said to have left the developer amicably, for family reasons, in May 2012. He had served as president. Polygon ... Read More»
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Tecmo Koei Canada to close up shop at the end of March – report
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Tecmo Koei Canada to close up shop at the end of March – report

Tecmo Koei Canada will shut its doors at the of next month, according to a company official speaking with the Financial Post. The Fatal Inertia, Warriors: Legends of Troy and mobile development house is the only studio owned by the firm in North America. A representative from the main office declined to state how many ... Read More»
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GameFly restructuring result in lay-offs
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GameFly restructuring result in lay-offs

Game rental service and digital distributor GameFly issued a round of lay-offs earlier today. The company explained the cuts as a result of restructuring, but did not give details. Joystiq cites one anonymous source for word that cuts were around one t... Read More»
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Ubisoft appoints Pauline Jacquey as managing director of Reflections studio
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Ubisoft appoints Pauline Jacquey as managing director of Reflections studio

Ubisoft has announced the appointment of Pauline Jacquey as managing director of Reflections, its Newcastle-based studio. Jacquey has worked in the firm’s Paris, Shanghai, Montreal and Pune studios since 1997 and has been a producer on such titles as Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and mobile iterations of Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed. “Reflections is ... Read More»
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Playdemic names Ian Livingstone chairman
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Playdemic names Ian Livingstone chairman

Eidos life president, Fighting Fantasy co-creator and OBE Ian Livingstone has yet another new title, GamesIndustry reports. The industry veteran and frequent political champion has been appointed chairman of social game developer Playdemic, which he’s been involved with for a couple of years now. Playdemic is responsible for Village Life, Gourmet Ranch and Kingdom Quest, ... Read More»
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Riot Games opens Sydney office
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Riot Games opens Sydney office

League of Legends developer Riot Games has opened an Australian office. Riot Games Sydney will house teams involved with marketing, eSports and community, and will apparently “craft unique experiences on the web and on the ground to support the growing League of Legends community in the Oceania region”. Riot Games Sydney is currently looking to ... Read More»
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Deep Silver announces plans to expand into mobile market
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Deep Silver announces plans to expand into mobile market

Deep Silver has announced its plans to expand into the mobile market this year, and is looking into hiring for the space. “Nowadays, gaming can play a role anywhere and anytime… at home or on the go,” said Koch Media and Deep Silver CEO Klemens Kundratitz in the press release. “It is therefore only logical ... Read More»
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BFI appointed to administer cultural test for games tax relief
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BFI appointed to administer cultural test for games tax relief

The British Film Institute will take responsibility for administering the cultural test required for game makers to secure tax relief. Develop reports the BFI will also apply the test to animation and high-end TV content, and is looking to make two hires in order to process applications. UKIE CEO Jo Twist expressed satisfaction in the ... Read More»
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Zynga closes, consolidates several US offices
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Zynga closes, consolidates several US offices

Zynga has closed its Baltimore studio and shuffled staff around in New York and Texas, resulting in “minimal” job cuts. “We are closing the McKinney, Texas and downtown Austin offices and relocating those teams near-by to our existing Dallas and North Austin offices. And we will be consolidating our NYC offices to move staff to ... Read More»
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Activision lay-offs affect 30 staffers globally
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Activision lay-offs affect 30 staffers globally

Activision has confirmed a round of lay-offs, resulting in 30 staffers being made redundant from the firm’s licensed games division. According to a statement handed to Kotaku, the cuts were made to “align costs with revenues,” which is on ongoing process with any company. Also, the firm expected to release fewer games “based on license ... Read More»
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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes needs a project engineer, according to job listing
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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes needs a project engineer, according to job listing

Kojima Productions wants you to come work for the firm on Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. According to the job posting on Gamasutra, the firm will be at GDC in March looking for potential project engineers for “the latest Metal Gear Solid targeted for high-end consoles and PC.” The firm is also looking for engineers ... Read More»
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