Guitar Hero Live developer FreeStyleGames lays off 500 Comments
It's time for every game industry reporter's least favorite game: "Who's Laid Off Now?" This time Activision is the bringer of bad news, serving papers to staffers at Guitar Hero Live developer FreeStyleGames.
The layoffs came as a cruel non-April Fools joke on Friday, with reports swirling that around 50 FreeStyle employees have been shown the door. The official number has not been confirmed by either the development studio — which will remain open despite the mass exodus — nor Activision.
The publisher did release a statement, which can be read below:
"Activision and FreeStyleGames leadership have been considering a range of future options for the studio, and have been consulting with staff to explore all alternatives. The collective team have now reached the end of a consultation exercise and the decision has been made to restructure FreeStyleGames to better align the studio resources with future business needs. We are working with the studio teams to explore options to rebalance staff within Activision Blizzard and its related organisations. The UK remains a key market for Activision Blizzard and FreeStyleGames continues to be a great partner. We thank all of the team for their continued passion, creativity and commitment."
Layoffs are the worst. I know they're a part of the industry, but that doesn't mean I have to like them. I hope everyone affected by this lands on their feet swiftly, as Guitar Hero Live was one of my favorite games of last year and certainly made by a team of talented minds. Godspeed to all affected.