Gameloft has reportedly shut down its Budapest office in Hungary, which seems to be a sudden decision by the French gaming giant. The decision to do so is speculated on the company’s focus to work more on console and PC titles.
Gameloft’s decision also resulted in the layoff of 100 employees
The Budapest office was open since 2012 and focused on free-to-play mobile games. However, a few days back, the decade-old office of the French developer was shut down, and this development was all of a sudden. With this, an indication was received that the company is partially reducing its efforts in mobile game development activities.
According to the Hungarian outlet HVG, Gameloft has said that this decision to shut down its Budapest office is taken to “narrow its focus” on the PC and console segments to increase its growth potential, which requires it to refocus some of its resources and investments. As a result, it will allegedly focus less on the mobile game industry, which it has been a part of since its inception in 1999.
Speaking about the layoff of 100 employees, Gameloft has responded that the decision was difficult to take for them. They also said that the news has been communicated to the affected teams, and they are working to find the best solution for the affected employees as soon as possible.
Gameloft has given some immensely popular hits for smartphones such as Asphalt and Real Football, and with the recent developments, there might not be many titles coming in the future.
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