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first_imgJam City reportedly lays off large number of employees across multiple studiosHarry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery developer undergoes “organizational changes” following multiple acquisitionsRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterMonday 3rd December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleJam CityHarry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery development studio Jam City seems to have undergone a round of layoffs last week, with possibly a “large number” of employees terminated.In a statement made to VentureBeat, Jam City confirmed the layoffs but did not specify the number of employees affected.”Jam City rolled out organizational changes today that altered some teams and staff positions,” the statement reads. “We are re-allocating resources to support the goals of our global business. This is an extremely difficult decision, and Jam City is making these changes with the utmost respect for every person affected. We are providing exit packages and other types of transition assistance to impacted employees.”VentureBeat’s report additionally mentions that a source who asked not to be identified stated that “a large number” of employees were laid off. These layoffs reportedly affected the studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.It’s been quite the year for organizational shuffles at Jam City, and this isn’t the first round of layoffs the company has seen. At the end of May, Jam City reportedly saw a trimming of various positions related to a shift in focus to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery away from other titles.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games In August, however, Jam City seemed prime to expand as it moved to a larger office space in Culver City, California, saying it aimed to grow its creative teams. At the time, the company reported having around 500 employees across its Culver City headquarters and its studios in San Franciscos, San Diego, and Buenos Aires. That number, VentureBeat says, had risen to 650 as of a few weeks ago.That expansion continued in November, as Jam City announced a multi-year partnership with Disney to develop licensed games and absorbed Disney’s Glendale Games Studio.And just last week, Jam City announced it had acquired the Bingo Pop IP from Uken Games. The company said it would be opening a new Toronto studio to support that acquisition, and that the Bingo Pop team would be joining Jam City to continue working on the IP.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesHarry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery reaches $300m in revenueJam City’s title has been downloaded 82 million times since launch in 2018By Marie Dealessandri 12 days agoHarry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery reaches $150m in revenueJam City’s title has been downloaded 54.6 million times across iOS and AndroidBy Marie Dealessandri A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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