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Massive layoffs in another big studio, as Trion Welten is acquired



Another video game studio had to accept significant layoffs. Trion Worlds, the studio behind games such as Rift, Trove, Defiance and Archeage, reportedly cut more than 150 jobs after being taken over by a German free-to-play gambling company, Gamigo. A statement from Trion Worlds confirms that "there has been a deal with Trion Worlds and its games," which will lead to layoffs.

"While many of the names and faces you've come to know in our studios continue to exist, others will not make the journey," it says in one line. "For those who leave us, we are infinitely grateful for your incredible work and contributions over the years."

A source told Gamasutra that Trion Worlds employs more than 200 people in its offices in California and Texas, but after that the layoffs only 25 people stay with the company.

Trion's games, at least some of them, will stay online in the "capable hands" of Gamigo, the company said. "Everyone involved wants to make this transition as smooth as possible for us, and we'll have more information to share as quickly as we can," he continues.

Polygon reports that the affected Trion developers were paid unlike severance pay the people who lost their jobs when Telltale announced their own "Majority Studio Closure".

Trion is just the latest video game studio to suffer serious layoffs. In September alone, more than 500 people lost their jobs because Carbine (50 redundancies), Capcom Vancouver (1

58 employees), Telltale (250 employees) and Big Fish Games (75 employees) were hired or significantly reduced. With Trion's 175 layoffs, more than 600 jobs in the video game industry have been lost in the past two months.


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