GOG is finding itself in some hot water this week over the decision to fire a dozen of it’s employees. And while it’s not the obnoxious 800 layoffs from mega-publisher Activision-Blizzard, it still sucks for those that have been affected.
According to GOG, the company has been working on optimizing their staffing levels and cutting costs for a while, the studio has been “rearranging certain teams since October 2018.” These changes have probably have been in the works for a while because of the impending increased competition from the likes of the Epic Games Store. Although it remains to be seen how serious that competition will be for the retro-oriented GOG.
According to insiders, “GOG’s revenue couldn’t keep up with growth.” For that reason, CD Projekt is laying off around a dozen GOG staff (approximately 10% of the digital storefront’s workforce).
With the impending release of Cyberpunk 2077, fans and gamers in general are eagerly awaiting to see how the game turns out. And with the ongoing storm of mass layoffs from AAA companies like Activision-Blizzard, which laid off 800 employees amid their most profitable year ever, GOG is undergoing a bit of backlash. Althoughthe likelihood of gamers getting to angry over this is diminished because GOG has managed to build a solid reputation with DRM-free distribution and quality games. It’s also unlikely that these kinds of layoffs signal doom for the whole company. It is worth noting that this is the largest mass layoff in the history of GOG.
We wish the best of luck to those who lost their jobs, and hope that they land on their feet.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently due out for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and dystopian sci-fi fans are unbelievably excited about it. Let’s hope the company bounces back as well.
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