Crystal Dynamics announces layoffs as part of Embracer Group’s restructuring

Ten employees from the studio have been let go.

Ten employees from the studio have been let go.

It appears that The Embracer Group’s restructuring plans will include every division. Crystal Dynamics, the beleaguered Swedish video game publisher, revealed earlier today that it is letting go of staff members as part of the ongoing wave of layoffs.

A tweet on X (formerly Twitter) claims that Crystal Dynamics, the company behind Tomb Raider, is letting go of ten workers. One person is from IT, and the other nine are from the Brand/Marketing department. Months after the studio declared it would not be included in the employment cuts, there are now layoffs.

“To align the studio with our current business needs, Crystal Dynamics undertook an internal restructuring that involved parting ways with nine Brand/Marketing and one IT employee today,” the company said. “To provide the impacted workers with complete support, we are collaborating directly with them. Please forward any relevant job openings you may have in Brand Direction, Creative Services, Community, or IT to [email protected]; we’ll make sure the appropriate people receive the information.”

A number of studio staff members verified the layoffs on social media. Although the extent of the layoffs is yet unknown, it is obvious that the marketing and branding team suffered the most.

“Sadly, the Embracer layoffs keep coming and I and a number of talented brand/marketing folks at Crystal are impacted,” writes senior brand manager Nick Edwards.

Neha Nair, senior manager of community and social media, revealed on X that she is among those laid off. While I’m still digesting, life regrettably does not pause, so I’ll just pull the bandage off since there’s no other way to put it. I got laid off today from [Crystal Dynamics], where I worked for 3.5 years.”

For $300 million, the Embracer Group purchased Crystal Dynamics from Square Enix in 2022. Several IPs, including Tomb Raider, were included in the agreement. The studio was only one of Embracer’s many well-known acquisitions from the previous year.

But earlier in the year, a $2 billion agreement with an unnamed partner fell through, and things went south. It was eventually discovered that Embracer’s partner in the botched sale was Saudi Arabia’s Savvy Games Group. Embracer thereupon said that it would be reorganizing the business.Campfire Cabal and Saints Row developer Volition were shut down. The business also thought about selling Gearbox Studios.

How many more Embracer Group employees might be impacted by the layoffs is unknown at this time. “Embracer currently engages close to 17,000 people and while that number will be lower by the end of the year, it is too early to give an exact forecast on this,” stated recently by Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors.

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