Nexon has shut down its game studio in Orange County, California, the corporate confirmed following chatter on social media.
The shutdown of Nexon OC reveals that the sturdy gross sales from elevated video games engagement in the course of the pandemic isn’t serving to all corporations. There are nonetheless winners and losers on this enterprise. In actual fact, the Game Builders Convention survey launched at the moment reveals that there are elements of the game trade which can be hurting regardless of the general constructive development.
GamesBeat requested the Tokyo-based firm, the maker of video games equivalent to Dungeon Fighter and MapleStory, for remark, and Nexon confirmed it shut the studio. In an replace, the corporate mentioned the explanation for the shutdown was not primarily based on any Nexon enterprise issues however was extra as a result of artistic course and core focus.
“We deeply appreciate the commitment and output of the OC team, however projects in development there no longer fit with our focus on core creative competencies,” a Nexon spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. “All permanent employees impacted by this decision will receive severance and outplacement assistance.”
In 2017 and 2018, quite a few individuals had been saying that Nexon OC was hiring individuals. Its leaders included skilled game makers equivalent to Stephan Frost, Ryan Metcalf, and Jon Jelinek.
Nexon’s CEO is Owen Mahoney, who has given frequent talks at our GamesBeat conferences. In April, he talked about how the gaming world had modified due to the pandemic. Nexon itself has greater than 5,000 staff. In mid-2019, Nexon consolidated a few Southern California places of work into one location. The Nexon OC studio was a part of the Asian firm’s try and increase into the West.
Different Orange County studios equivalent to InXile Leisure mentioned they had been hiring. Nexon has a number of studio operations within the West together with Massive Enormous Video games, Pixelberry, and Embark studios in Sweden.
Tasks within the OC studio had been by no means introduced. The corporate mentioned its present roadmap has not been modified in any respect.
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— inXile leisure (@inXile_ent) July 16, 2020