Icelandic company CCP Games which produces the massively popular multiplayer online role-playing game EVE Online on Wednesday announced organizational changes within the company and layoffs of 120 employees, 34 of whom are based in Iceland.
From EVE Online. Courtesy of CCP.
These changes include increased emphasis on the company’s most valuable products, EVE Online and the first person shooting game Dust 514, which will be released for Playstation 3 consoles next year, Morgunbladid reports.
However, the development of CCP’s third game, World of Darkness, will be slowed. The game’s development is being worked on in Atlanta, USA, where the company’s workforce will now decrease by 80 employees.
CCP employs approximately 600 people around the world of whom around half are based in Reykjavík. The Atlanta offices will take the biggest hit while the changes in Newcastle, New York and Shanghai will be next to none.
This past summer many subscribers of EVE Online were dissatisfied with plans on permitting the purchase of objects in the game for real money, which resulted in a number of people quitting the game. CCP later issued an apology for the move.
Thorsteinn Högni Gunnarsson, managing director of trade development, said the disappointment voiced last summer had a part in the decision leading to the current reorganization, yet pointed out that EVE Online has more users than at the same time last year.
On the other hand, the autumn is usually a low point in the game’s usage as the winter update is coming up and the current low point is deeper than before. “It gave us a reason to focus on EVE Online and the next game, rather than continue with all three big projects,” Gunnarsson explained.
The next update is scheduled for November and Gunnarsson said staff sense that players are waiting for it in anticipation and that this is the start of a new upswing. “It is pleasing. But we must focus on the basics and not concentrate on too many projects.”
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