Company of Heroes Developers Lay Off 121 Employees

Relic Entertainment, creators of the popular Company of Heroes and Age of Empires, will be laying off employees to “restructure” their organization in another major shakeup to the game development industry.  

In a recent statement, Relic Entertainment announced they would be laying off 121 employees to “maximize focus” on their core franchises. According to their released statement on Twitter: 

Relic Entertainment and SEGA Europe want to share the difficult news that our studio has been impacted by layoffs, affecting 121 employees. This comes at a time when external factors are challenging our industry more than ever, and we made his decision to restructure our organization to ensure maximum focus is placed on our core franchises.

This follows a series of game industry layoffs following the post-COVID period. In 2020, video game sales surged only to fall back to pre-pandemic levels in 2022, resulting in a severe correction to the industry. Many companies were forced to restructure, from game developers to publishers to gaming websites. 

Founded in 1997, Relic is also responsible for popular titles like Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. We’ve contacted Relic Entertainment for comment and will update this post if they respond. 

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