Sumo Digital lays off 160 people after announcing new games

June 11, 2024 by No Comments

Just days after announcing several games during Summer Game Fest, British game developer Sumo Digital — the studio behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, among others — has announced that layoffs are coming to the company. The studio is set to let go of 15% of its workforce, or 160 people, across five different countries.

The news of the layoffs was first revealed Nicole Carpenter of Polygon. It also comes just days after parent Sumo Group announced several new games from the company.

According to the company, the layoffs are due to “recent difficulties” that the studio is “not immune to.” This led to the decision to cut costs “in a number of ways”.

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Shortly after the layoffs were revealed, Sumo Digital issued the following statement:

“Over the past 21 years Sumo has grown from small beginnings to a family of studios in the UK and around the world, which we are very proud of.

“While we have been able to manage the many recent difficulties the games industry has faced, we are not immune and have restructured operations in the business to better navigate the upcoming challenges expected in the coming months, which is the path we must take now to ensure the security of the business moving forward.

“The difficult decision to reduce our costs in business in a number of ways is a direct result of these challenges, and unfortunately includes a reduction in the number of people the business can support. Every alternative is being considered to limit the impact on our people, but unfortunately this transition process is taking place in Canada, the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic and Affects up to 15% of our people in the group in India.

“This is a very challenging process for everyone at Sumo and our focus is on supporting our people and working with our partners on their games to ensure we emerge from this difficult period, ready for the future.”

The latest set of layoffs now puts the total The known total is about 10,561 In the gaming industry. The figure surpasses the 10,500 known layoffs from 2023 in the first six months of the year.

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