Swedish Developer Starbreeze, publisher of PAYDAY and Dead by Daylight; are expected to layoff 60 of their employees. Since December 2018, Starbreeze has been in a rescue period for Swedish companies facing bankruptcy, known as reconstruction. With a staff of only 240, Starbreeze will be losing a fourth of its current staff.
Starbreeze has 9 projects listed on their site, as in production and being designed. Six of the projects are partnered with Overkill, another Swedish developer who was acquired by Starbreeze in 2012. CEO Mikael Nermark was quoted stating, “In the past six months we have made a number of changes to the business following our strategy to focus on the core business.” This statement suggests that none of these projects will be affected by the layoffs. The layoffs also won’t be in full effect until November of this year, meaning the expected 60 is not yet set in stone.
The layoffs are an attempt at saving a total of three million Swedish Krona ($310,000) per month, in hopes of the restructure. Nermark is hoping that by focusing more on their core business and less on non-core operations, that they’ll be able to continue developing long term. No details have been given on what the non-core operations are, only that these changes will be happening at their home office in Stockholm.
Starbreeze has applied for their second extension to their reconstruction, giving them until September 3, 2019. It has been reported that the administrator handling the case has supported this request. Along with the current layoffs, Starbreeze also sold Dhruva Interactive, their art production studio located in India, to Rockstar, the developer of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption.
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