Disruptive Games Reportedly Hit With Layoffs

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As first reported by Game Developer, a variety of posts on LinkedIn claim that Disruptive Games recently faced new layoffs.

Disruptive Games is an indie studio that contributed to titles like Diablo II: Resurrected and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2.

Sean Stahl, the Director of Game Design at Disruptive Games, posted a statement about these layoffs on LinkedIn yesterday.

Stahl said that “Disruptive Games has sadly had to let go of many amazing, talented game developers”. The post also showed support for their colleagues, offering referrals for new work.

At this time, Disruptive Games has not issued an official announcement about these layoffs.

The studio did not confirm the cuts, reveal how many employees would be affected, or why reductions would be made.

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Aside from Stahl, other employees reportedly posted on LinkedIn, saying that they were also affected by the Disruptive Games layoffs.

The Disruptive Games founding team includes industry veterans Eric Ellis, Grant Rogers, and Jed Melnik.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike when it launched in 2020. It successfully translated the classic games into the modern era, keeping the spirit of the originals.

Disruptive Games’ site explains that they worked on the game’s social and online services, bug fixes, and more.

Layoffs continue to rattle 2024. Last week, Embracer Group openly admitted that it made 1,400 layoffs in order to “maximize shareholder value”.

Earlier this week, developer Build a Rocket Boy also confirmed plans to lay off workers. The studio was developing two games, Everywhere and Mindseye. Also, Disco Elysium developer ZA/UM recently confirmed new layoffs.

The trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Hopefully, Disruptive Games will give an official announcement about the cuts and how they might affect future titles.

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