Nexon has shut down its recreation studio in Orange County, California, the corporate confirmed following chatter on social media.
The shutdown of Nexon OC reveals that the sturdy gross sales from elevated video games engagement throughout the pandemic isn’t serving to all corporations. There are nonetheless winners and losers on this enterprise. In actual fact, the Game Developers Conference survey launched in the present day reveals that there are components of the sport business which can be hurting regardless of the general optimistic development.
GamesBeat requested the Tokyo-based firm, the maker of video games corresponding to Dungeon Fighter and MapleStory, for remark, and Nexon confirmed it shut the studio.
“We deeply admire the dedication and output of the OC crew, nevertheless tasks in improvement there now not match with our deal with core artistic competencies,” a Nexon spokesperson stated in an announcement. “All everlasting staff impacted by this determination will obtain severance and outplacement help.”
In 2017 and 2018, quite a few individuals have been saying that Nexon OC was hiring individuals. Its leaders included skilled recreation makers corresponding to Stephan Frost, Ryan Metcalf, and Jon Jelinek.
Nexon’s CEO is Owen Mahoney, who has given frequent talks at our GamesBeat conferences. In April, he talked about how the gaming world had changed due to the pandemic. Nexon itself has greater than 5,000 staff. In mid-2019, Nexon consolidated a few Southern California workplaces into one location. The Nexon OC studio was a part of the Asian firm’s try and broaden into the West.
Different Orange County studios corresponding to InXile Leisure stated they have been hiring. Nexon has a number of studio operations within the West together with Large Big Video games, Pixelberry, and Embark studios in Sweden.
Tasks within the OC studio have been by no means introduced. The corporate stated its present roadmap has not been modified in any respect.
We have been sorry to listen to about Nexon OC’s closure in the present day. For these of you impacted, we’re hiring, and even in case you do not see one thing posted we need to hear from you: https://t.co/ovFm9hVXtZ #gamedevjobs #Nexon pic.twitter.com/IXwWRANoqW
— inXile leisure (@inXile_ent) July 16, 2020