Big Fish Games lays off 15% of staff in a pivot to casual and social casino games

The industry continues to be rather unkind this week.


Big Fish Games has reportedly laid off 15% of its staff, according to a recent memo shared by GeekWire. The memo, from president Jeff Karp, states that Big Fish will take 15 percent of its "premium business" as it moves to free-to-play games found in the "casual" and "social casino" realm.

"We are sharpening our focus to only develop social casino and casual games — genres where we have earned the right to lead the market," Karp states. "While our journey is not always an easy one — and today was certainly among the most difficult — I’m confident we are starting tomorrow in a position of strength and with a clear path forward to greater success."

It's unclear whether this is a concrete shift or not, as the Big Fish team have not stepped forward to confirm this, but it does add to the bleak industry news that has poured out over the past few days, with Capcom Vancouver and Telltale Games having been shuttered.

It's a frustrating scene and a scary time to be in game development, so if this memo is indeed correct and a real message sent out internally, we hope that the folks affected at Big Fish games end up finding some alternative work soon.

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    September 25, 2018 4:50 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Big Fish Games lays off 15% of staff in a pivot to casual and social casino games

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      September 25, 2018 5:39 PM

      What games did Big Fish Games make that were NOT casual games?!

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      September 25, 2018 10:31 PM

      Man, my mom used to get all her Nancy Drew from them, but then I guess they started coming out earlier on Steam or something? I forget. Or maybe they stopped letting her download the install packages...I forget.

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        September 25, 2018 10:40 PM

        They don't let you download installers now, they use a way stripped down Steam-like client launcher.

        These days I just wait and grab that stuff during a Steam sale. It's all the same anyway.

        Big Fish used to run a game dev studio and they made the best casual puzzle-adventure games. Like really good. And then they stopped and got Eipix in Eastern Europe to shovel it out for them and the quality dropped big time.

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          September 26, 2018 6:26 AM

          I wish they made another Golf Solitaire. That Blast thing they came out didn't scratch the itch.

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