More layoffs: WB Seattle loses "60-ish"

As always, best wishes to all caught out for speedy return to gainful employment.


“Layoffs hit Warner Bros. Seattle studios [update: WB confirms]”

An unknown number of layoffs are affecting WB Games Seattle staff – the umbrella name “WB Games Seattle” comprises Monolith Productions, Snowblind Studios, and Surreal Software. A source close to the studio confirmed reports to us this afternoon, following statements from 3D Realms founder George Broussard on Twitter, stating, “Another Warner Brothers layoff going on as we speak. In progress now. Shame. Hope people land safely.”

WB Games Seattle is currently working on Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-earth, and it’s unclear if any other projects are currently in production. Layoffs hit the studio last November, and were said to have affected “60ish” people. Warner Bros. didn’t respond to request for comment as of publishing.

Update: WB issued the following statement, confirming the layoffs: “Due to shifting business imperatives, WB Games Seattle has made staff reductions. The group will continue to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.”


Those bastards.

Obviously, I hope everyone lands on their feet and I wouldn’t think of placing the blame for higher-up decisions at the feet of the folks in the trenches, but WB Seattle hasn’t put out a lot of money makers since they were consolidated. WB Seattle consists of Monolith Productions, Snowblind Studios, and Surreal Software.

“60-ish” was referring to the November layoffs.

Monolith?! Noooooo!