Frontier Developments Cuts Staff

Frontier Developments Cuts Staff

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Less than two weeks before Christmas, the Elite: Dangerous developer has laid off 14 employees.

The Kickstarter for Elite: Dangerous is slowly climbing toward its 1.25 million ($2 million) goal, but the pre-holiday news for 14 employees at Frontier Developments isn't very merry. Effective this past Friday, December 14, the studio laid off nine employees in the art department, three in animation and two in audio. Managing Director David Walsh said the cuts were made necessary by "the changing mix of skills requirements for our current and future projects" and added that Frontier's prospects "remain healthy."

"Once we took the decision to make the roles redundant, we felt it was better that the affected people knew ASAP so they can plan any further expenditure over the Christmas period accordingly and focus on their search for new roles as soon as possible," Walsh told Eurogamer. "We have provided redundancy arrangements in excess of the minimum." The exact nature of those arrangements was not revealed.

The cuts are relatively minor - prior to the layoffs, Frontier employed 233 people - but in spite of Walsh's suggestion that the studio was somehow doing its former employees a favor by letting them go now, it's hard to imagine how the timing, less than two weeks before Christmas, could possibly be worse. We wish the best to all who were affected.

Source: Eurogamer

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It's good for them because now they won't have to use vacation days to see their family for Christmas. Right?

Right.

inb4: well, thanks obama (care)

that is sad.
why do they even wait so long and fire people just before the "jolly" days?

so they can "focus on their search for new roles as soon as possible"?
my dick can "search for new roles as soon as possible" during one of the most stressful events/weeks of the year.

I'm not sure if one week after Christmas wouldn't be worse. On the one hand they get to enjoy Christmas, on the other hand they get to find it was all a lie and they've done some massive Christmas shopping that they can't afford anymore.

This industry is trying to make pre-christmas layoffs into a tradition?

That's 4 stories of games related companies doing layoffs in as many days.

Humbug indeed.

Preacher zer0:
This industry is trying to make pre-christmas layoffs into a tradition?

That's 4 stories of games related companies doing layoffs in as many days.

Humbug indeed.

Most game companies lay off after crunch time, which is when they tend to go on a hiring binge.

its a cold favor i suppose. "dont break the bank this christmas cause you dont have a job" i suppose is the thought process here.

rhizhim:
inb4: well, thanks obama (care)

I don't understand this statement. What does a US American politician have to do with an English games company with an office in Canada?

rhizhim:
that is sad.
why do they even wait so long and fire people just before the "jolly" days?

so they can "focus on their search for new roles as soon as possible"?
my dick can "search for new roles as soon as possible" during one of the most stressful events/weeks of the year.

It's business, not a charity. In order to survive a business must manage its costs, & that includes employees' wages.

catalyst8:

rhizhim:
inb4: well, thanks obama (care)

I don't understand this statement. What does a US American politician have to do with an English games company with an office in Canada?

its a joke since everything "bad" that seems to happen gets blamed on him.
and some employers in the us stated that if he gets elected again, they will have and/or "must" fire people(trump even threatened his employees not to vote for him or else..)
it would had worked better if it were not a uk based company.

catalyst8:

rhizhim:
that is sad.
why do they even wait so long and fire people just before the "jolly" days?

so they can "focus on their search for new roles as soon as possible"?
my dick can "search for new roles as soon as possible" during one of the most stressful events/weeks of the year.

It's business, not a charity. In order to survive a business must manage its costs, & that includes employees' wages.

are you really telling me that a game developement company has to do..... company stuff?

my point is that they waited almost 3 week into december to fire people when they could had done this earlier.
not when the holidays start and almost lasts until the new year, again, in one of the most stressful months of this year(in which they might have made some expenses since they might not have known that they would get fired).

I know it sounds like the normal internet bitching, but I have just cancelled my pledge for Elite.

If they had said "Hey, we're in a really tough financial position, we need to cut costs or go under" that would be one thing. But they didn't. They said "we're fine, we just don't need these guys".

I back games on kickstarter partly because I want the games, but mostly it gives me a voice to say no, I don't want call of duty 17. I want intelligent, innovative games. What I don't want is more big corporate nonsense, which is exactly what this feels like.

I am sure I an not alone.

Maybe it's not as bad as it sounds. Maybe they only fired non-Christian employees.

I don't think I could ever work in the gaming industry with everyone getting laid off this year.

After looking at the situation, it is really the lesser of two dickens.

I don't presume as much as to judge about the overall timing based on knowledge I don't have, though.

 

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