007 Legends dev lays off 'majority' of staff

Management at Eurocom confirms fewer than 50 staff remain at UK developer following restructuring; "steep decline" in console game demand cited as reason.

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United Kingdom-based developer Eurocom has enacted a significant round of layoffs following shipping 007 Legends last month. Studio director Hugh Binns confirmed to GamesIndustry International that a majority of the company's 200 staff have been let go.

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"Eurocom are undertaking a restructuring which I regret to say has meant we've made the majority of our workforce redundant today," reads a line from the statement. "This includes many very experienced, talented and highly skilled employees, and we'd like to thank them all for your hard work and efforts."

Binns added that the "steep decline in demand" for console games led to the downsizing, as well as the studio's shift towards mobile game development moving forward.

"We've fought to try and save as many jobs as possible, but the steep decline in demand for console games, culminating in a number of console projects falling through in the last week, left us with no option," Binns added. "Eurocom has retained a core staff of just under 50 employees and will be focusing mainly on mobile opportunities moving forward."

Eurocom was established in Derby in 1988. It has created dozens of games, with its most recent offerings including James Bond games 007 Legends and GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, as well as Harry Potter for Kinect, Disney Universe, and Rio.

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