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Massive Layoffs Hit Romero's Slipgate

Posted Oct 19, 2009 by Michael Bitton

Massive Layoffs Hit Romero's Slipgate

John Romero's Slipgate Ironworks, whose parent company is Gazillion Entertainment (the folks behind the revived Marvel MMO project), has seen massive layoffs in recent days, with an estimated 50 employees laid off. Romero has had a secretive MMOG project in the works over at Slipgate Ironworks, and from the sounds of it whatever the planned MMOG was to be has been shifted to a smaller project. But hey, at least it's alive!

Below is Gazillion Entertainment's official statement on this development:

Gazillion has enjoyed remarkable growth over the past year and is proud to be partners with revered, world-class brands. We have expanded our number of studios from one to four and our MMO portfolio from two games to a slate of titles. As part of our focus on reaching the widest possible audiences with breakthrough MMO entertainment, we decided to change the format of our project at Slipgate Ironworks to better achieve this aim.

The game we’ll launch will build on the efforts to date with a smaller core team and the other Slipgate staff are already in discussions around the many open positions across our slate of projects. 2010 will be an exciting year for Gazillion as we bring several groundbreaking MMOs to markets worldwide. We’re tremendously appreciative for the dedication and creativity of our employees who make this all possible.

Via Kotaku.

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Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined MMORPG.com as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB

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