Codemasters: redundancies incoming

Company in consultation to root out inefficiencies in digital and publishing divisions.

UK developer Codemasters has assented to financial and organisational pressures and could soon be laying-off staff members as it restructures its digital business.

The company, behind franchises such as the racer Dirt series and black comedy RPG Overlord, has revealed that it has entered a period of consultation and has begun laying-off employees.

Assurances came from the company that this move is chiefly confined to its digital and publishing arms, specifically looking at those areas that are “not delivering value”, and that it would not effect the development of its core PC titles Grid 2 or Formula One.

"The company has proposed the restructure of certain aspects within its digital development and publishing units in line with future product strategy," a statement explained.

"As a result of the proposed restructure, the company has therefore entered into a period of collective consultation with the affected employees."

As the consultations draw to a close, the developer could see as many as 80 redundancies, according to a "strong source" speaking to GamesIndustry International.

According to the website, the source said the majority of lay-offs would come from the Southam office, a 500-strong team working on Codemasters' racing titles.

Codemasters' former chief games designer, Andrew Wafer, recently branched away from the company to set up his own studio, Pixel Toys, which focuses on the lucrative area of handheld, tablet and phone-based games.

"We believe the time is right for us, the technology is there, the audience is there," commented Mr Wafer.

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