Following its acquisition by German publisher Gamigo, MMO specialist Trion Worlds has reportedly laid of a large proportion of its staff.
Currently, Trion Worlds hasn’t revealed the full extent of the lay-offs, although according to Gamasutra, “A source close to the matter has said that roughly 25 employees remain at each studio, indicating that around 50 remain at Trion overall and over 150 were affected by the layoffs altogether.” Trion Worlds, best known for the MMOs Defiance 2050 and Rift, has two development studios in Redwood City, California and Austin, Texas which, prior to the takeover, employed about 250 people.
In a forum post, Trion Worlds’ director of community relations Linda “Brasse” Carlson moved to reassure gamers that Rift and Defiance 2050 should remain unaffected by the acquisition: “There is a lot of concern this morning about our acquisition, but I want to make sure you know that the games will go on! I would like to share the official statement from Trion: “Greetings — We can confirm that there has been a transaction involving Trion Worlds and its games. While many of the names and faces you’ve come to know in our studios will remain on through this transition, others will not be making the journey. To those who are leaving us, we are forever grateful for your incredible work and contributions over the years.
“We’d like to assure our communities that the games will continue on in capable hands moving forward, as everyone involved is aiming to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. We will have more information to reveal as soon as we possibly can.””
An official statement from Gamigo said: “Trion was acquired via an “Assignment for the Benefit of the Creditors” process, in which the buyer only buys those assets, with which he wishes to continue the business. In this process, gamigo group acquired the majority of the assets, including the platform, takes over employees to operate the business and gets the full publishing rights of the games. The IPs of the Trion Worlds games have been acquired by gamigo’s sister company Padmapani GmbH and are made available for gamigo group, worldwide and exclusive.”
Gamigo CEO Remco Westermann added: “The successful acquisition and subsequent integration of Trion into our portfolio substantially strengthen gamigo’s position in the European and American gaming market. On the one hand, we add similar and successful brands and games to the already broad gamigo portfolio, on the other hand, we are looking to unlock substantial synergies with the group’s existing business to further benefit from the remarkable growth potential that the gaming market offers.”
We’ll bring you any further news about the continued operation of Trion Worlds’ games as it emerges. In the meantime, keep an eye on the company’s website.