Another Day, Another Round Of Layoffs, This Time At Humble Games!

After Amazon and Unity, another company has made people redundant.


In fact, Digital Bros, the parent company of 505 Games, recently decided that it needed to reduce its workforce, and now we can add Humble Games, which was founded in 2017, to the incredibly sad list, as it has confirmed to Game Developer that it has laid off several employees “to ensure its long-term success”. The company is best known for Humble Bundle, as Humble Games is its publishing arm.

The layoffs were first revealed in a LinkedIn post by Estelle Skeels, who previously worked for the company as a lead release manager, and although she later added that her post did not refer to the extent of the layoffs, only the impact on employees, employees are still losing their jobs: “It’s a sad day at Humble Games for a lot of people. I realise that some digital news outlets have taken my ‘a lot of people at Humble’ quite literally, linking to my profile and trying to do some napkin arithmetic. But you see, if you have an ounce of empathy, you realise that the impact of layoffs is on the people who are being laid off, of course, but also on the people who are not being laid off. And that is a lot of people…”

Here is Humble’s statement, which does not say HOW MANY people were made redundant: “Yesterday was a difficult day for Humble Games and we can confirm that we have had to say goodbye to valued colleagues. Like many companies this year, we have experienced trends that have necessitated this restructuring to ensure our long-term success. It’s important to note that all of those affected by these changes are talented, dedicated individuals who have made a tremendous impact. Humble Games remains focused and committed to working with amazing indie developers to bring their experiences to gamers around the world for years to come.

The reasoning and explanation is typical: oh well, they’ve done a lot for our success, but it’s the positive balance sheet that’s important, and that the management can afford another yacht…

Source: PCGamer

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