Wargaming, the corporate behind multiplayer juggernaut World of Tanks, is shuttering its Redmond, Washington workplaces and shedding the situation’s 150 staff, who have been engaged on an as-yet-unannounced title.
The information got here in a shock all-hands assembly Wednesday morning, throughout which CEO Victor Kislyi knowledgeable the workers that their studio was shutting down.
A Wargaming consultant confirmed the information to Gamasutra in a press release, saying that the closure was a part of the corporate’s “restructuring process.”
“Every member of the 150-strong team that has been working on an unannounced MMO project will be offered a severance package,” the consultant stated.
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Wargaming Seattle staff have spoken in regards to the closure on Twitter. They appear stunned, however largely pleased with their experiences with the studio. But the closure definitely appears to have come as a shock.
So, at this time Wargaming Seattle was closed. It was a real pleasure working with and studying from my teammates. If I may also help out in any manner, do not hesitate to succeed in out. If you already know somebody in search of an skilled stage designer, recreation, designer or UX designer, let’s chat!
— Michael Schorr (@MichaelSchorr) May 23, 2018
In their statement to Gamasutra, Wargaming stated the corporate “will be assisting the current employees of the Redmond studio, if they decide to apply for open positions in other offices within the company.”
Wargaming is presently primarily based in Cyprus, and was based in 1998 by Kislyi in Minsk, Belarus. The firm’s flagship recreation is World of Tanks, and its success has made Kislyi a billionaire, and his firm was making greater than $500 million yearly in 2014. In 2016, studies had Wargaming valued at $1.6 billion.