The oppressed Pokemon Go The Niantic company has been under fire from dissatisfied players all year, and now the company itself is going through a restructuring with significant layoffs.
John Hanke from Niantic informed employees today that the reorganization will impact both employment and some games: “Specifically, this means we will be closing our LA studio, downsizing our games platforms team and making further reductions across the business.” As a result, we will experience the sunset NBA All World and stop production Marvel: World of Heroes. That means we’re retiring around 230 Niantics.” He says the company is spending more than it’s making after the COVID crisis and that its new projects haven’t paid off — neither for those of us watching on the outside , is obvious – and he argues that changes in the economy and in the mobile market have brought new challenges. Oh, he also blames the workers, later implying that the company has retained and will reward “high-performing” workers who are “dedicated to the company” and work “tirelessly” on its projects.
“We also bear responsibility for our own performance. Today’s highly competitive mobile gaming market demands outstanding quality and innovation. It also requires strong monetization and a social core that can drive viral growth and long-term engagement. Teams need platform tools that are force multipliers, enabling them to build quickly and efficiently at the highest quality with powerful engagement features. Our AR card and platform must provide the functionality developers want in a robust and reliable manner. In all of these areas we have not achieved our goals.”
It looks like there will be some layoffs Pokemon Go Team, although the game itself is…well, not ok as we reported, but marching forward: “Top priority is to keep Pokemon GO healthy and growing like an eternal game. While we made some adjustments Pokemon GO Team, our investment in the product and the team continues to grow.” Likewise, the company says it will keep working on it Pikmin Bloom, PeridotAnd Monster Hunters nowas well as its AR card and AR platform.