2K Marin staff laid-off, studio “essentially” closed

2k marinYesterday, it was reported that 2K Marin, the developer of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and Bioshock 2, had been hit with massive layoffs.   2K Games spoke with Polygon confirming the layoffs saying “We can confirm staff reductions at 2K Marin. While these were difficult decisions, we regularly evaluate our development efforts and have decided to reallocate creative resources. Our goal to create world-class video game titles remains unchanged.”  This quote from 2K Games is a little optimistic, but other sources paint a different picture.

Multiple sources tell Rock, Paper, Shotgun that the studio is essentially closed.  This is certainly a sad moment for these employees, but another source alleges some recently interviewed to work at Rod Fergusson’s new 2K studio, saying “A couple of weeks ago, the new 2K team in Novato (the one Rod Fergusson is leading) interviewed and made offers to a small number of 2K Marin team members. I don’t know exactly how many, but it wasn’t a lot. It sounds like everyone who was not offered a position on that team was let go today.”

It is possible that other employees could apply to jobs at other 2K Studios, though any job loss is unfortunate.  We at The League of Mediocre Gamers wish the best to all of the employees effected by the layoffs, and hope they are able to find new jobs.

This reporter’s opinion: It’s always sad to see a studio close, but I can understand the decision.  I’m assuming The Bureau under-performed in sales, as it certainly wasn’t very high quality (take a look at my review to learn more).  I hope each of these employees finds new jobs though, as losing a job is just awful for any family.

by, Bobby Marquardt

sources: eurogamer, Polygon, and Rock, Paper, Shotgun.


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