Team17 hit by redundancies – UK agency newest to endure layoffs

Kath Santarin
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Workforce 17 has responded to our request for remark with the next assertion:

“In response to the reviews in regards to the departure of Michael Pattison from Team17, we are able to affirm we've got amicably parted methods with Michael. We will additionally affirm that we've got sadly entered right into a interval of session immediately inside Team17 Digital, with Astragon and Storytoys remaining unaffected by the restructuring plans.”

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Workforce 17 – the British developer and writer behind beloved indies together with Dredge, Blasphemous 2, and Shifting Out 2 – is going through a wave of layoffs. In line with an nameless supply aware of the state of affairs on the studio, this has resulted within the CEO being let go, in addition to “tens of redundancies”.

Phrase reportedly got here on this morning, following an inside city corridor, as workers acquired a letter informing them their jobs are in danger. It is value noting that as a result of scale of the layoffs, nobody has been made redundant as of but, as a interval of session will occur first, earlier than any jobs are lower. This may reportedly conclude in November 2023.

VG247 was advised a CEO on the firm was affected, and Eurogamer corroborates that it's Michael Pattison, present CEO of Workforce 17 Digital, that's leaving the corporate. The position will reportedly be stuffed by Workforce 17 Industrial Operations Director, Ann Hurley.

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On this emergency city corridor, the next assertion was learn out by Hurley, and was later shared with staff in a proper letter:

As defined in immediately’s announcement, we've got simply communicated our half yr outcomes displaying sturdy development for the Group within the first half of the yr. This displays the success of our various portfolio technique, and the dedication and experience of our folks in all that we do.

Nevertheless, we recognise these outcomes have been in opposition to the backdrop of some of the aggressive years for prime quality launches and deep peer discounting that the trade has ever seen. Inside our Group, Team17 Digital specifically has felt the strain of those challenges, as have many firms in our trade.

This comes following redundancies to the businesses' growth facet earlier within the yr, in what was then dubbed “realignment” by the corporate. It is unclear whether or not the event arm of Workforce 17 can be hit once more, however a supply has acknowledged to VG247 that the advertising and marketing division seems to be shrinking by ‘between 20-30 %'. That is possible along with the “QA division” referenced in Eurogamer's report on the identical matter.

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