Home Game Development Cell recreation developer Jam Metropolis lays off workers

Cell recreation developer Jam Metropolis lays off workers

Cell recreation developer Jam Metropolis lays off workers


Jam Metropolis has laid off 17 p.c of its general workers, amounting to a wave of layoffs impacting lots of of builders throughout the corporate’s many studios.

Builders impacted have began to share the information on social media, whereas others throughout the trade have voiced their help for impacted workers. The layoff up to now appears to largely have an effect on workers at Jurassic World Alive developer Ludia, in addition to Jam Metropolis’s workplace in San Diego.

Although studio specifics stay unconfirmed by Jam Metropolis, the layoffs at Ludia reportedly embrace round one-third to half of the overall studio headcount. We have reached out to the corporate for remark and additional particulars.

In a assertion supplied to VentureBeat, a Jam Metropolis spokesperson mentioned the choice to put off between 150 and 200 staff goals to “higher [position] Jam Metropolis for long-term progress.” The assertion factors to the present “difficult international economic system and its impression on the gaming trade” as a contributing issue, and provides that its current acquisitions have compelled it to “deal with redundancies related to these transactions.” Additional within the assertion, the spokesperson assures that “Jam Metropolis stays worthwhile” regardless of its resolution to put off lots of of individuals. 

Jam Metropolis itself has owned Ludia for lower than a yr. The mobile-centric developer, identified for Lovelink and a protracted catalog of licensed cell video games like DC Heroes & Villains, was acquired in September 2021 for a complete of $165 million as a part of Jam Metropolis’s acknowledged purpose to accumulate studios that specialised within the improvement of licensed video games. On the time, Jam Metropolis CEO and founder Chris DeWolf mentioned bringing Ludia into the fold represented the corporate’s technique of “buying nice firms throughout the globe and closely investing in our present studios.”

Beforehand, Ludia had developed cell video games for the Jurassic World franchise, together with the cell courting recreation Lovelink. With Jam Metropolis, it meant to make use of licenses from DC, Common Footage, and Disney. 

That 2021 acquisition got here as Jam Metropolis closed a report $350 million funding to help its progress technique, and shortly after it scrapped plans to change into a publicly traded firm valued at $1.2 billion by way of a merger with DPCM Capital, Inc. These merger plans fell by means of in a mutual settlement between Jam Metropolis and DPCM, with a press launch from the 2 events calling it “the very best path ahead” for all concerned.



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