December 10, 2012

Layoffs hit NCsoft as firm undergoes realignment

By maplestory

Guild Wars 2 publisher NCsoft has laid off several staff as part of a studio “realignment”, it has confirmed.Guild Wars 2 Screenshot

The firm’s PR director Lincoln Davis confirmed the news to PC Gamer, revealing that “several” staff had been cut at the Seattle-based studio, but stopped short of revealing specific numbers.”NCsoft is realigning internal publishing resources to better suit the needs of our game development studios,” said Davis. “As a result of the realignment, several employees and contract positions were affected. This was a very tough decision to make and wish the best for all NCsoft employees in their next ventures.”

The news comes one year after NCsoft issued redundancies across studios in Seattle, Austin and Brighton.

It’s unclear how the latest round of layoffs may impact Guild Wars 2 – if at all – which itself was the target of hacker attacks back in September 2012.

Hackers stole “lists of email addresses and passwords from other games and web sites and are systematically testing Guild Wars 2 looking for matching accounts,” said the developer at the time.