Gigantic Developers Announce 'Significant, Temporary' Layoffs

Gigantic has been looking gorgeous, but that hasn't translated into financial security for its developer Motiga. The company announced this morning a temporary round of redundancies, going as far to label them as "significant".

In a post this morning on their website, Gigantic said their financials were so troubled that they had to temporarily layoff "a singificant percentage of our studio today". "Our financial situation is such that we are unable to continue supporting the entirety of the studio at this time," Chris Chung, Motiga CEO and co-founder, wrote.

"While we intend to continue supporting Gigantic game services for as long as we are able, the reality is that a decision of this magnitude will impact all departments across the studio, an impact that will be felt by our community of beta testers as the services they depend on will operate without the key staff on hand to support those services."

Motiga is continuing to negotiate with potential investors "to identify ways to remedy this situation" but the company wasn't able to provide any specifics as to what might happen going forward. Chung also wanted to thank everyone who has been enjoying Gigantic, which is currently in a closed beta phase.


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    To be fair even if the game came out of closed beta the MOBA space is pretty damned crowded....

      Oh don't worry they will have a niche market, considering its a windows 10 only title (apart from xbox users).
      Not sure about anyone else but windows 10 screws up most of my games,

      Last edited 10/02/16 11:56 am

    What does a "temporary" layoff mean? Will they hire those people back if they get through the financial difficulties or does it just mean they'll expand their staff again later if things go well? Either way the people who got laid off get the short end of the stick because even if there was a promise of re-hiring they still have to find work in the meantime and they can't take anything long term if they want to go back.

      If it is like previous stories of gaming company layoffs, they keep them on the books but they don't get paid. and after a certain time they are let go completely. But I can't say that is the case for this particular instance.

      You don't want to be paying people to be sitting around without anything to do, so they get sent home until they are needed again. Happens a lot as while you might need say concept artist during production, you won't need them once all the art has been finalized.

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