The site Boston.com is reporting that today (and on the Boston Globe) Turbine has laid off a number of individuals have been laid off as a “part of a restructuring at its parent company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.”
“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 Remi Sklar, spokeswoman for Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, in an e-mail. “The group continues to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.”
No specifics have been given as to how many individuals have been laid off or what departments were “reduced”. We also know that Turbine works on several games including Asheron’s Call, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Lord of the Rings Online, and probably other projects we don’t know about so it’s hard to know how this will affect our favorite MMO specifically.
The odd thing about the timing of such a lay off is that just a few days ago it was announced that they hired several new people to fill leadership roles. We also know that just last May they were attending a Job Fair to fill 50 roles at the company.
The lay offs could be related downsizing after large releases. LOTRO just experienced a large expansion, Riders of Rohan, and DDO also had an expansion this summer but that could be mere coincidence. We have not been told a specific reason for the lay offs. Either way, it was very much a shock to hear this horrible news.
So while we don’t know how many people from LOTRO team have been let go (we know at least one from the LOTRO Community Team has been), our deepest sympathies go out to the ones who did as well as all the other employees of Turbine.