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Need for Speed: Rivals developer Ghost Games has suffered layoffs in its UK office and ceased development on an unannounced Need for Speed project, according to a report by Polygon. The report states that Electronic Arts dismissed contract workers earlier this week and presented full-time staff me...

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Blockbuster UK is likely to follow in the footsteps of the recently defunct US arm, after administrators announced 62 further store closures, with 427 employees laid off as a result. The DVD and game rental chain entered administration (a.k.a. bankruptcy) again earlier this year, and insolvency spe...

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Blitz Games Studios announced it has ceased trading after failing to secure funds to sustain business. The company, founded in 1990 by pioneering British twins Andrew and Philip Oliver, laid off 175 staff members today, the vast majority of the studio's workforce. According to this morning's sta...

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The deluge of bad news isn't over for UK retailer HMV, with 37 more stores confirmed to be closing in addition to the 66 announced earlier this month. These further closures are resulting in 464 lost jobs, making a post-administrative total of at least 1,454 layoffs. HMV, one of the UK's most promi...

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HMV, a multimedia chain and one of the UK's top high street game retailers, is closing 66 of its 220 stores, with 930 employees losing their jobs as a result. Deloitte, the company's administrators, said the closures should occur within the next one to two months. "This step has been taken in order...

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Business restructuring company Hilco is set to acquire HMV after reportedly taking control of the struggling British retailer's debt . According to the Financial Times, people familiar with the situation report Hilco took on the debt today, estimated three months ago to be around $279 million. If t...

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Grid and Dirt developer Codemasters is consulting "affected employees" as part of a restructuring process, with 80 people reportedly being laid off as a result. A "strong source" told GamesIndustry International the figure, saying the majority of those layoffs are being made at the company's global...

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Update: HMV confirmed it's filing notice to appoint Deloitte as administrators to the company. As the BBC reports, HMV is suspending trading on the London Stock Exchange from Tuesday, January 15. HMV's 239 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland are to remain open while Deloitte seeks a purcha...

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Play.com is closing its retail operations in March as it transitions into a marketplace-only website, a move that is resulting in 214 employees losing their jobs. The Jersey-based company, one of the first online retailers to sell video games to the UK, told the BBC around 200 people are keeping th...

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Peter Hepworth has been with Activision in the UK for years now, first answering the call of duty (sorry!) back in 2005. Hepworth would assume various roles during his tenure, starting as CFO of Europe and eventually taking over as UK managing director in August of 2011, the current position he has ...

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Sony confirmed this morning that Wipeout developer Sony Liverpool has been shut down. It is currently unknown how many people have lost their jobs. MCV reports that the campus will remain open for various Sony Europe logistic services, but that the studio itself has been terminated as part of Sony'...

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Retailer Game's problematic financial condition has caused the troubled retailed to cut 46 jobs from its UK headquarters. "Our proposed new structure will change the way that we operate and will enable us to be significantly more efficient in our relationships with suppliers and customers," the com...

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The body count for established British studios keeps rising, with EA Bright Light the latest in the crosshairs. EA confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that a "formal consultation process" has begun at the studio. That's a fancy term for the time required under UK law (dependent on number of employees)...

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According to "internal memos" acquired by the LA Times, Activision has switched up more of its executive positions, in addition to the change in position for Thomas Tippl, who is currently co-serving CFO/CCO/COO (enough acronyms?). A representative for the company told the LA Times, "We realigned o...

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With all the layoffs and financial hits game publishers and developers have absorbed over the past year, it should come as no surprise that the retail branch of the industry is hurting too. In a statement to Edge today, UK retailer Game said it would close 12 of its stores, six Gamestations and all...

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Echoing grim sentiments made earlier this year, Rebellion Studios' CEO Jason Kingsley recently told Develop that the Derby branch of Rebellion that birthed Lara Croft (previously at Core Design) may not be around for too much longer. "It's quite likely that [the Derby studio] won't be kept intact i...

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Yet another company has succumbed to making tough choices in the face of a rough economy, as Vodafone is reportedly preparing to lay off "hundreds" of workers in Britain. The report stated that the cuts could come as soon as this week, and while there was no definite number given as to how many of i...

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If you're like us, then you remember the amazing GoldenEye 007 and those fun TimeSplitters games (and are trying to forget that Haze one). That's why the ongoing story of UK-based Free Radical touches us so deeply. We were hoping to get a new TimeSplitters game some day! Now, it looks like we'll k...

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True to its word, THQ downsized its wireless division. According to THQ's Brian Farrell, the realignment will see the company "focus only on games for high-end handheld devices," sending around a hundred of its mobile phone staff to the unemployment line. The company stated plans to "restructure" ...

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