Telltale Games Lays Off One Quarter of Workforce

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Even successful companies see periods of downsizing. That is precisely what has happened to Telltale Games who have just laid off approximately 25% of their workforce – or about 90 people. This is not news that I like to write about but there is a silver lining to this cloud.

Telltale Games CEO Pete Hawley said, “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.”

Looks like Telltale Games simply grew too big too quickly and now are restructuring themselves to run “lean and mean” so to speak. While this is normal business practice, it still sucks for those effected by the downsizing.

Interestingly, the gaming industry is trying to take care of itself here as many other companies have helped the hashtag #TelltaleJobs trended on Twitter for a period (may still be). Notable companies to step up and offer employment help to former Telltale employees include Ghost Story, Ubisoft, Gearbox Software, and Respawn.

There is no information available as to why this downsizing occurred at this time. The comment by Pete Hawley doesn’t exactly speak volumes about the reasons so we are just left hoping that those that lost their jobs are able to bounce back quickly. Things could always be worse – they could have been left with writing “Coleco Chameleon” on their resume.

Some of Telltale’s titles include The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones and many other licensed properties converted to a unique adventure game engine. For the most part, Telltale games are regarded as quite good.

I do hope that those effected are able to land on their feet and continue onward with new employers.

Source: Games Industry

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