As told to Joystiq, a representative from Harmonix has said the company has had to lay off 37 members of its staff, mainly comprised of full-time staff. This news comes a week after Harmonix miraculously pulled off complete Kickstarter funding for upcoming title Amplitude, in no small part due to a dedicated fanbase and fellow developers raising funds.
"Harmonix is in the process of restructuring our organization to bring it into alignment with our current and future product development plans. Unfortunately, this means making the difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time staff… We sincerely appreciate the work of each and every one of these employees. Harmonix is working to ensure that those affected are well taken care of as we make this change."
Reportedly, none of the games Harmonix are currently announced to be working on will be affected by the changes to staff. Either way, it is still disappointing to those who have to find new work wherever they can. Hopefully, all those currently displaced from meaningful work within the game industry find new jobs as soon as possible. If they helped bring games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero to life, their skills should be appreciated elsewhere.
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