Gameloft shuts down India studio
Yesterday, it was reported that Gameloft shut down its Hyderabad, India development studio. This was a curious move, as the shut down was announced on the same day that the studio released its fourth quarter sales results, which were by all accounts quite stellar. Gameloft thus laid off 250 employees seemingly without reason.
It gets worse. Gameloft apparently refuses to comment on the situation; they won't even acknowledge that there was a Hyderabad studio. One commentor, claiming to be a former Gameloft employee, paints a rather grim picture of the whole situation.
"When we asked for the reason for such unexpected shutdown," reads the comment; "our studio manager Sarang Nafdey told us that the HQ (which is in Paris) wants to close this studio because the studio is not profiting them. What the heck? There had been implementations for IAPs, IGPs, Blackberry Porting, Nokia/Samsung DEMOS, Android 2D/3D, Localization for 15 countries including Hindi too, Testing on 100s of Android tablets, 1000s of Java devices and much more. And all they had to say the studio is not profiting them. Where the heck they were 2 years back or probably 5 years back, when the Hyderabad studio was doing the same sort of work.
And yes, there were two forms to sign. First was resignation and next was the acceptance. We were forced to resign on Personal grounds, rather than unexpected layoff. This is the worst part."
Hopefully there's a good explanation for all this, and that commentor isn't actually a Gameloft employee. Otherwise, there's something extremely shady going on, and Gameloft is wrist-deep in it.
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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