video games

39 Relic staff let go

For context and background Gamasutra has the story.

I don't really have much that I want to say about the recent layoffs at Relic.  As of two weeks ago it was the best job I've ever had, and both the studio and THQ have always treated me really well.  The fact that everyone I worked with there were such great people, and many of them are good friends, makes the news that thirty-nine of them were laid off yesterday that much harder to take.  300 people were laid off the same day from my previous (to Relic) company Rogers and I didn't feel a thing at hearing the news.

I think there's probably two things that would be appropriate for me to say, the first being that I hope that everyone who was laid off finds work.  The gaming industry has been pretty great about offering up job opportunities to those let go, and hopefully that goes a long way to helping great people find work.  I also am thinking of those people left at Relic where I imagine this is even more upsetting than it is from the outside.

The other thing I can say is that based on who I know was let go, and I don't know who all has left, it is likely that I would have been made redundant on Thursday as well.  While I was worried that I was leaving a "stable" job for the uncertainty of an eight month contract at EA SPORTS, I now look quite clever.  Leaving Relic was a hard decision to make, had I known then what I know now it would have been easier.