Layoffs at MMO publisher En Masse

Layoffs at MMO publisher En Masse
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

August 9th 2012 at 7:38AM

Company sends out call for help in finding developers a new home

Developers at En Masse have been hit with a round of layoffs, it has been confirmed.

The publisher is best known for its recent release of Asian MMO TERA, which it released for western markets in May.

News of the layoffs broke when the company's community manager, Evan "Scapes" Berman, announced the news over Twitter.

"Layoffs have occurred at En Masse," he said. "I was hit."

En Masse says the layoffs are part of the company's efforts to meet business needs.

"Today, we had to let go of some of the great talent at En Masse Entertainment," said the company in a statement provided to Massively.

"While a tough decision, it was necessary as we prepare for the next chapter of our business. TERA has been a great launch for us, and we are committed to our loyal players. We're taking measures to align the needs of our business to continue supporting TERA and preparing for our future."

Layoffs are becoming increasingly commonplace for MMO developers, and BioWare Austin has faced similar cuts following the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic.

But En Masse says it is stepping up to the plate in providing for those effected by the layoffs, and is sending out a call to other developers who can help find their colleagues a new home.

"We are working with those affected by this transition, including offering assistance on new prospects within the industry/area," says En Masse publishing vice president Chris Lee.

"If there are companies who are looking for talented people with publishing experience, please send an email with the details to info@enmasse.com."