Restructuring and job losses at Emergent

Restructuring and job losses at Emergent
Michael French

By Michael French

October 2nd 2009 at 9:58AM

But engine firm says changes rebuild firm for better developer partnerships

Gamebryo vendor Emergent has confirmed to Develop that jobs will go at the technology firm in the wake of its restructuring.

However, it insists that the move will mean it can now better serve the development community.

Last night, the company announced it has chosen to completely restructure its technology team - which means its most recent creation, Gamebryo Lightspeed 'will now be extended through agile development driven by customer demand'.

It is now pursuing closer relationships with customers looking to use the engine - rather than, it seems, having a larger technology team drive changes to the platform.

In a statement the firm said:"Emergent is committed to redefining its relationship with its customers. The increasing financial pressure on the industry and the rapidly evolving content space has increased the need for collaborative relationships between Emergent and the development community.

"This move is another step in Emergent’s drive to provide unparalleled support built upon the best game technology available in the industry.  As part of the restructuring effort, Emergent will shift resources from its core development team, to Emergent’s worldwide developer and publisher programs."

Speaking to Develop, an Emergent spokesperson decline to explain how many jobs would be lost - but said the firm's structure will focus primarily on Los Angeles and that core development of Emergent’s technology will remain to be created in its Chapel Hill office.

"The core tech team has been restructured from top to bottom, and we have brought into focus our developer and publisher programs," the spokesperson told Develop.

"Much of this new focus will be in LA. Additionally, strategic partnerships with third parties will be announced shortly."

In terms of how the restructuring impacts staff they added: "We were able to shift some people into positions that were redefined in the new company structure.  But we were not able to transition all of the staff to different positions with the company."

There will be no changing to how Gamebryo is sold or licensed, however - indeed, Emergent now says that restructuring will help provide more services to studios: "This restructuring will actually provide greater resources to answer immediate tech needs, but also creates greater opportunities for Emergent to collaborate with development studios throughout the development process."