Crash Bandicoot Developer Toys for Bob Struck by Layoffs, Office Closure | Push Square
12.02.2024 - 23:51
Layoffs have been reported at Toys for Bob, the developer behind Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time and the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy. They form part of the ongoing consolidation efforts necessitated by parent company Activision's acquisition by Microsoft, resulting in 1900 roles being made redundant. Some 86 workers have been let go, and the studio's office shuttered. Contrary to some earlier confusion, that's the physical address; Toys for Bob will remain active, and most remaining employees will now work remotely.
The San Francisco Chronicle broke the unhappy news (thanks, IGN), alerted by state filings. In California, employers must give a 60-day warning during mass layoffs. The Chronicle traced the listed addresses to determine the affected studio, using the same method last month to determine Call of Duty studio Sledgehammer Games, which lost some 76 employees as well.
Bethesda employees also affected
As always, our best wishes to those caught up in these corporate machinations, and we hope the horrible state of the industry subsides soon. Sadly, if we had to make an informed prediction, things are likely to get worse before they get better.
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Who could’ve predicted that industry consolidation only lead benefits for executives and no one else? Literally no one could’ve seen this coming… (in all seriousness it’s sucks that the people at one of the last creative beacons in Activision were treated like nothing. Idk how better or worse the transition to remote will be, but the job cuts aren’t a good sign)
One of the good studios left and how things are going. The merger has already turned things into custard.
@AsterZero this is also because multiple studios wanted to start a union.
Just like ign wants to do now.
Expect ign to go go bankrupt within 2 years.
Great acquisition by M$. So, to get this straight, the studio isn't gone!?
We just need M$ to introduce GamePass to all platforms and have them retain their 1-dollar subscriptions and then all gamers can have their hobby bankrolled by Spencer.
Honestly, what the hell is happening with Haven? They bought a cinematic from another company to showcase Failgame$ and they have been coasting in irrelevance ever since.
I disagree. These layoffs are actually ok, because we don't have to hear about whether or not the deal will go through anymore. That's what internet people people told me.
Whilst Jez Corden,(of Windows Central,if I'm not mistaken),might still