Warner Bros confirms Turbine layoffs

Warner Bros Interactive has confirmed layoffs to MMO studio Turbine Inc.

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Yet more layoffs have been announced in the games industry, this time to Boston-based MMO developer Turbine Inc. The company, best known for the free-to-play games D&D Online and Lord of the Rings Online, had an undisclosed staff reduction confirmed by Warner Bros Interactive.

The news first broke when a Boston jobs recruiter tweeted with reference to layoffs at Turbine today. A spokesperson later confirmed the layoffs to The Boston Globe (via The Escapist).

"As part of the continual review of our business operations and fluctuating market conditions, we have had to make reductions in our Turbine workforce," said spokeswoman Remi Sklar in a statement. "The group continues to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment."

Before the layoffs, Turbine boasted more than 400 employees. It's unknown how many were affected by the layoffs and how large the studio remains now.

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    October 25, 2012 1:30 PM

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    Warner Bros Interactive has confirmed layoffs to MMO studio Turbine Inc.

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      October 25, 2012 3:40 PM

      :( ..... No more layoffs (today)

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      October 25, 2012 3:45 PM

      Sad, hope everyone comes out of that okay.

      Btw, the guy in the linked tweet is the head dude in the Ostrich Hammer video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ_XFQqmNxs

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      October 25, 2012 3:52 PM

      Seems like there's a ton of layoffs lately in general. Is this some financial report thing? Or is it just that all the christmas season games are finished and they're booting everyone due to development cycles?

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        October 25, 2012 4:59 PM

        fiscal year thing, it's that time of year.... also it wasn't a great year for a lot of publishers/devs.

        Publishers are still cutting costs anyway they can to save a buck, etc, etc

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        October 25, 2012 5:18 PM

        economy is still pretty shitmode, there's no greater industry growth, at this point, as far as I can tell.

        we could really use a new console generation IMO.

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      October 25, 2012 5:22 PM

      Man, first Vancouver went through prolonged studio closure shit, now it's Boston's turn. :/

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      October 25, 2012 5:40 PM

      Maybe Turbine should of stuck with interesting and fun games like Asheron's Call. When they left that or didn't rework making a new one I knew they were done. They were great at creating lore and content based on stuff they wanted to do world events were fucking awesome. Now they do games where they have no ability to do what made them so awesome.