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Vogster Entertainment restructures, confirms office closings

Tracey John

Vogster Entertainment, the maker of recently launched MMO CrimeCraft, confirmed that the company has restructured its resources, though its New Jersey headquarters still remains operational.

The announcement comes following rumors from various sources that the company has completely shuttered, including a post from which stated employees at its Kiev, Ukraine office have updated their social networking profiles to "imply that they're looking for work."

Vogster has just issued a statement to Massively saying that it is "restructuring to focus its resources toward the enhancement and expansion" of Crimecraft.

"As an independent developer, we need to be very strategic in our use of available resources and shift from already launched titles to support the ongoing development and growth of CrimeCraft," said Vogster's VP of development Daniel Prousline in a press statement.

"We regret the necessary staffing changes and the talented employees that this impacts, but it is an unavoidable step in moving to the operational stage of CrimeCraft and optimizing for the development of yet to be announced titles."

Vogster Entertainment was established in 2005 as a venture-funded company headquartered in Saddle River, New Jersey with offices in Chicago, Moscow and Kiev.

The statement also said that Vogster's New York-area headquarters remains "fully operational," while implying that the other offices have shuttered. The company did not disclose how many of its 200 employees were affected.

Despite the closing, the company is going ahead with a previously planned event for CrimeCraft in San Francisco next week, and promises "significant content additions in the coming year" for the title, which will be discussed at the event.

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