Further layoffs at Krome, sources claim

Further layoffs at Krome, sources claim

By Rob Crossley

April 22nd 2010 at 2:15PM

Insiders suggest that as many as fifty are gone

More staff redundancies have taken place at Australian outfit Krome, reports suggest.

According to apparent anonymous sources, as many as fifty staff have been let go at the developer's Brisbane studio.

Develop has contacted the company's CEO, Robert Walsh, for clarification.

If true, the layoffs would follow on from the wave of staff cuts made back in November – a measure which affected three separate Krome studios situated in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Two existing reports conflict on the number of new layoffs that have taken place at the studio. An IGN report suggests 30 are gone, while AusGamers pins the number of redundancies to 50.

Before the first wave of cuts in November, Krome had a workforce of around 400 staff.

The developer was recently revealed as the team behind the Xbox Live Game Room – Microsoft’s latest addition to its online service.

Allegations of layoffs come just weeks after the global launch of the Xbox Live Game Room.

This would seem to suggest that the layoffs have been spurred from a surplus in staff, possibly due to poor scheduling or a dry-up in publisher deals.