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Layoffs Hit Warner Bros. Games Seattle


Jason Clement

Yesterday, Warner Bros. Interactive confirmed that a number of employees were let go from WB Seattle, which also includes Snowblind Studios, Monolith Productions, and Surreal Software.

 

WB Interactive provided IGN with this statement regarding the matter:

 

"Due to shifting business imperatives, WB Games Seattle has made staff reductions. The group will continue to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment."

 

It's been a turbulent time for the WB studio as they've face a number of rounds of layoffs over the last few years. And according to Zenimax senior animator Mike Jungbluth, WB Seattle is now only one studio, seemingly having dissolved the other three studios and incorporating any personnel remaining.

 

Snowblind Studios' most recent game was last year's Lord of the Rings: The War in the North, while Monolith Productions put out Gotham City Imposters earlier this year. Surreal Software was one of the Midway assets that WB Interactive purchased in 2009. WB Seattle is now working on a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) called Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle Earth.

 

Unfortunate news for all involved, for sure. GP wishes the best to those affected by the layoffs and hopes they land on their feet soon.

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