Layoffs in the video game industry are seemingly not coming to an end as Humble Bundle-owned video game publisher Humble Games has laid off employees amid restructuring at the company. This news first came to light after GLHF received an anonymous tip about the layoffs from a former employee and the company has now confirmed the job cuts.
Humble Games is the second company to lay off employees this week as Amazon’s games division, Amazon Games laid off roughly 180 employees in the latest wave of job cuts at the company.
Humble Games Latest Video Game Company To Lay off Staff
Humble Games confirmed the layoffs to Sports Illustrated in a statement that it “said goodbye to valued colleagues” as a part of the restructuring of the company. Although it did not reveal how many employees were laid off, Humble Games shared its commitment to work with developers despite the layoffs. The statement read:
Yesterday was a difficult day for Humble Games and we can confirm that we had to say goodbye to valued colleagues. Like many companies this year, we have experienced trends that required this restructure in order to ensure our long-term success.
It further added:
It’s especially worth noting that everyone impacted by these changes are talented, dedicated individuals who made a huge impact. Humble Games remains focused and committed to working with amazing indie developers to bring their experiences to players around the world in the years ahead.
A former employee of Humble Games’ took to LinkedIn to reveal that they were laid off as they looked for new jobs. The post read, “It’s a sad day at Humble Games for a lot of folks. I personally was just laid off from my Lead Release Manager position.” Several other employees of the company commented on the LinkedIn post to show their support.
This is the second layoff from the publisher as it had also cut several jobs at its storefront Humble Bundle in April last year. Humble Bundle provides several items like ebooks, software, and video games in bundles and are available at cheap prices for the customers.
Humble Games publishes games on consoles, PCs, and mobile devices and has worked on Supraland from Supra Games, The Iron Oath by Curious Panda Games, and Bossa Studios’ upcoming survival title Lost Skies. Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical, a recently published title by Humble Games was recently nominated for a Grammy Award.
Humble Games layoffs come amid the tsunami of layoffs that has been seen this year across the video game industry as companies look to cut costs and streamline things. Several companies such as Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, Ubisoft, Epic Games, Bungie, and several others have laid off employees. The never-ending list of companies laying off employees is now joined by Humble Games.
PlayStation cut jobs of several of its employees at its Visual Arts studio in San Diego which were related to Insomniac Games and Naughty Dog. Ubisoft also recently laid off 124 employees at the Montreal studio as well as from the global IT team. The layoffs were said to be a part of “reorganization” and streamline the operations and efficiency at the studio. Ubisoft stated:
Today we announced that we are reorganising our Canadian studios’ general and administrative functions and reducing headcount in Hybride (our VFX studio based in Montreal) and in our global IT team, which impacts 124 positions overall.
Naughty Dog, the developers behind popular games like The Last of Us and Uncharted laid off nearly 25 employees last month, cutting contracts as part of downsizing at the company. The employees who were laid off were reported to have been working in quality assurance testing and were also not offered any severance package. However, no full-time staff members were affected by the layoffs.