Layoffs Hit THQ's Volition

Nearly all of Volition's quality assurance department were laid off today in Champaign, Illinois, THQ confirmed to Kotaku.

"Today we notified 86 of the 102 employees in the Volition quality assurance department that they will be let go," a THQ spokesman told Kotaku. "Our quality assurance will now be primarily conducted through THQ's centralized QA facilities, with a small staff remaining on-site in Champaign.

Volition developed games Descent, Freespace, Summoner, Saints Row 2, The Punisher and are working on upcoming shooter Red Faction: Guerrilla as well as Saints Row 3.

"It's important to note that this is not a new reduction, but part of the scheduled lay-offs announced during our last earnings call," the spokesman added.

THQ announced in February that they lost $191.8 million over the holidays and expected to layoff about 600 employees, or 24 percent of its total workforce.


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