The creator of Jurassic World Alive has laid off 200 employees

The creator of Jurassic World Alive has laid off 200 employees ...

Jam City, the publisher of Jurassic World Alive and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, has laid off 17% of staff at the company and its subsidiary Ludia on Thursday. Ludia, located in Montreal, is well-known for creating original and branded games.

On Thursday, about 200 employees from Jam City and Ludia were laid off, according to Polygon. Ten affected Ludia workers and two current employees shared their experiences. Multiple former Ludia employees told Polygon they were either on leave or vacation while laid off, first discovering them from other coworkers and then realizing they had lost access to associated accounts.

According to a recording of the call obtained by Polygon, Ludia employees who were not laid off received information first via a large meeting. Later, human resources began contacting the affected individuals in separate meetings. At least one worker told Polygon they were losing access to their various work accounts while they were still waiting for their scheduled meeting time. Other confused workers began retaliating against the layoffs in public Slack rooms.

The majority of employees said they were surprised by the layoffs, noting they've been promised before that Jam City's acquisition would make Ludia perform more of what it already does. One current employee told Polygon. Ludias has treated us well over the years, but this attitude seems to be shifting. We feel we've been ignored.

According to VentureBeat, Jam City purchased Ludia for $165 million in September 2021 after receiving $350 million in funding from South Korean game company Netmarble, developer of Marvel Realm of Champions, and others. Thursday's layoff, however, is the most extensive of all.

Polygon received a statement from a Jam City spokesperson that the decision was made in light of the challenging global economy and its implications for the gaming industry.

Jam City has made the difficult decision to reduce the size of its workforce by about 17 percent in response to a host of strategic acquisitions. This also reflects a larger shift to reorganize our development teams around the key competencies needed for long-term growth.

According to employees, pay raises by time they have worked for the company.

Jam City released a white paper in May. Champions Ascension is currently available on OpenSea; 7,622 are available; others speculate that Jam City's all-in approach to blockchain gaming might have influenced the layoffs Thursday.

Ludia, which was founded in 2007, began by developing licensed games like The Price Is Right and other game show brands, and expanded into other titles like The Bachelor: The Videogame and Jurassic World Alive.

One worker said the issue with a lot of game development is that we have so much nondisclosure. Its difficult for these things to get out without feeling like you're at danger. If you're able to inform people about these kinds of layoffs, please keep them informed. Otherwise, game development just goes along as usual. However, in a city like Montreal, where there are so many studios, it can be devastating.