Midway Lays Off 'Small Number' of Chicago Employees

The persistently-troubled publisher Midway has relieved its Chicago studio of a "small number" of employees following the completion of "two major frontline games:" Blitz: The League II and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

"As large projects are completed, it is expected for any multi-team studio to evaluate the appropriate staffing levels and team composition needed going forward," said a Midway representative to Edge.

Exact numbers were not revealed, but the rep did say that the layoffs affected "well below 10 percent of the studio population." The representative added that many of those employees were moved elsewhere within Midway, although that number also was not specified.

"No other changes are being made at this time," said the representative, signaling that there were not cancellations like the last round of Midway layoffs. In August, the publisher laid off 90 employees--around 70% of the workforce--at its Austin branch, and cancelled an unannounced game in the process.

The difficulties continue to mount for the struggling Midway, which announced massive losses this week. The company doubled its Q3 losses over the year before and lost the involvement of Shari Redstone, daughter of media mogul Sumner Redstone.