Layoffs at Lord of the Rings Online Studio
"In order for us to invest in growth areas at Turbine, we have to eliminate some positions."
The studio, owned by media giant Warner Bros., confirmed the layoffs in a statement.
"As part of our normal business process, we're routinely looking at the strategic alignment of our company," a representative told Massively. "Unfortunately, in order for us to invest in growth areas at Turbine, we have to eliminate some positions. These are always tough decisions, which we don't approach lightly, but it's crucial that Turbine is structured in a way that reflects the current and coming marketplace."
Founded in 1994, Turbine Inc. was acquired by Warner Bros. in 2010. It is one of the Boston area's biggest studios. Others include Rockstar New England (Bully, Grand Theft Auto V), Harmonix (Rock Band, Dance Central), and Demiurge (Shoot Many Robots, Mass Effect for PC). BioShock creator Irrational Games is also located in the Boston area, but it effectively closed earlier this year.
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