CI Games Faces Layoffs Affecting 10% of Its Workforce
CI Games, the Polish developer and publisher behind the Sniper: Ghost Warrior and Lords of the Fallen series, is facing new layoffs affecting about 10% of its employees.
Depression Following the Layoffs at CI Games
The layoffs were first reported by GamesIndustryBiz and a clarifying statement was also received from CI Games’ CEO, Marek Tymiński. Tymiński mentioned that the layoffs are aimed at preserving the strength and stability of the company. He also added that « other business optimizations are ongoing in the organization’s pipelines and processes. »
Unrest Among the Marketing Team
Reports of the layoffs surfaced after some members of CI Games’ marketing team discussed it on LinkedIn. Based on these posts, the layoffs also seem to affect developers Hexworks and Underdog.
A Glimpse of Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen is an action RPG in the style of Soulsborne, and a reboot of the 2014 game sharing the same name. The reboot has received mostly positive reviews from critics, including Insider Gaming’s own preview. However, player reactions have been mixed.
Success of Lords of the Fallen
Lords of the Fallen has sold 1 million copies within the first ten days of its release. It even laid out a roadmap for free weekly content until the end of the year in November 2023.
Concerns on Ongoing Optimizations
CI Games’ statement regarding « new business optimizations » implies that the layoffs could be part of a larger restructuring. However, this could also suggest that further layoffs may be on the horizon.
Rising Layoffs in the Industry
2024 has already seen a devastating year in terms of layoffs. Lost Boys Interactive, the developer behind Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, faced new layoffs last week. Even Discord saw layoffs, affecting 17% of its staff.
Hopes for Industry Recovery
2023 was a challenging year for many studios, so it’s hoped that these layoffs will soon begin to slow down.
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