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Topic: GOG Adds to the Recent Industry Layoffs Trend
Steve Farrelly
AusGamers Editor
Posts: 8037
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

And it's another sad day for people working in games. GOG, the digital games store owned by CD Projekt RED is the latest struck, with a reported "around a dozen" employees let go, Kotaku has reported.

The report has suggested that the layoffs come due to financial strain, information that was handed to Kotaku from one of the staffers let go.

"We were told it’s a financial decision,” the staffer revealed. “GOG’s revenue couldn’t keep up with growth, the fact that we’re dangerously close to being in the red has come up in the past few months, and the market’s move towards higher [developer] revenue shares has, or will, affect the bottom line as well. I mean, it’s just an odd situation, like things got really desperate really fast. I know that February was a really bad month, but January on the other hand was excellent. We were in the middle of a general restructuring, moving some teams around, not unprecedented. But layoffs that big have never happened before.”

Having reached out to GOG for an official statement, a representative told Kotaku that the company had "been rearranging certain teams since October 2018, effecting in closing around a dozen of positions last week. At the same time, since the process started we have welcomed nearly twice as many new team members, and currently hold 20 open positions".

It's always a problem in business when revenue doesn't match growth, and while "around a dozen" is far less than what we've recently seen at some of the bigger companies, from comparative size perspective, it's still quite a lot. GOG's longstanding DRM-free mantra, alongside their passionate support of both retro releases and Indie games has always meant they're a favourite among more hardcore consumers, so this is sad news all around.
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Hunter
Posts: 59
Location: Australian Capital Territory

This is concerning... I hope they make it through the rough patch and that the employees let go find work quickly...
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