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Telltale Games cutting 25% of its workforce, focusing on fewer games going forward


Jason Clement

Telltale Games announced today that its company would be undergoing a restructuring and as a result is losing 25% of its workforce, which works out to 90 of its employees being let go.

 

Telltale CEO Pete Hawley made the following comment regarding the layoffs:

 

"Our industry has shifted in tremendous ways over the past few years. The realities of the environment we face moving forward demand we evolve, as well, reorienting our organization with a focus on delivering fewer, better games with a smaller team.

 

I'd like to express our respect for all the contributions that these incredibly talented artists, storytellers and more have made to this company, and that this decision is in no way a reflection on the quality or dedication of their work. We have made available our full career assistance services to help our affected colleagues and friends - and their families - navigate this difficult transition as quickly as possible."

 

No specific reason has been given for the cutbacks other than the restructuring, though Telltale mentioned that the reduction would not affect the production of games that have already been announced. The company also stated that it intends to move internal development over to "more proven technologies that will fast-track innovation in its core products as it works with new partners to bring its games to new audiences."

 

Game Podunk wishes the best to those affected by the layoffs.

 

Source: GamesIndustry

 

Does it surprise you to hear that Telltale is cutting back?

Edited by Jason Clement

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It is bad for the people affected by the layoffs and all, but I really hope this ends up being a good (in a way) thing for their release schedule. Specifically, that they can get all the episodes of each game out quicker and more consistently if they're working on fewer games at a time. I enjoy their games but they really know how to end each episode making you want more, so I like to wait to play them when they're complete (or wait to buy them in the first place) so it feels like waiting forever sometimes.

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