Bungie: Layoff reports are false

Bungie: Layoff reports are false

By Rob Crossley

February 18th 2011 at 11:38AM

Halo studio lays into 'unsubstantiated rumours'

Triple-A independent studio Bungie has denied claims it recently made thirty staff redundant.

The studio, working on a ten-year franchise with Activision, issued its unequivocal denial following accusations of layoffs in a Kotaku report.

“Kotaku published a blog entry to its website claiming Bungie recently terminated as many as thirty contract employees without notice or justification, effectively eliminating all non full-time staff at the request of our publisher, Activision-Blizzard.

“The claim is false,” a studio representative said.

Kotaku’s source claimed to be one of those thirty contractors – and went on to apparently expose details of Bungie’s new mystery project. Those details are now under increased scrutiny.

“Bungie has never been asked to lay off any employees or contract employees by our publisher, Activision-Blizzard, for any reason,” the studio added.

“The talented professionals who grace our offices day in and day out are the lifeblood of Bungie – our most cherished commodity – and the unsubstantiated rumours posted today are in direct opposition to the culture and values that we believe make Bungie an exceptional place to work, and to call home.”