NetDevil layoffs saved by LEGO

NetDevil layoffs saved by LEGO
James Batchelor

By James Batchelor

February 25th 2011 at 10:46AM

LEGO Group picks up studio's former staff as part of LEGO Universe transition

Staff laid off from LEGO Universe devloper NetDevil have been picked up by the LEGO Group as the firm acquires the MMO.

The Group purchased the Warner-published MMO earlier this week, according to Joystiq. The transferred NetDevil members will continue to work on the game going forwards.

Yesterday, a significant portion of its staff reported that a significant portion of its staff have been laid off. NetDevil owner Gazillion Entertainment has claimed that less than a quarter of the LEGO Universe team was let go during this changeover.

“The transition of members of our team to the LEGO Group allows us to conclude the work-for-hire segment of NetDevil’s business and lets us expand our internally-published, free-to-play game businesses,” said Gazillion president and COO David Brevik.

“We’re proud of the LEGO Universe game that our team built, and we are certain that it has a bright future.”