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2K Games makes layoffs at internal studio 31st Union

"Today 31st Union parted ways with a very small number of team members."

Chris Kerr, News Editor

January 19, 2024

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The 31st Union office in California
Image via 31st Union

2K-owned studio 31st Union has laid off a "small number" of employees.

The news was confirmed in a statement sent to Kotaku, with 2K explaining the layoffs are part of its "ongoing efforts to best support our studio and games."

"Today 31st Union parted ways with a very small number of team members. These situations are never easy, but we’re confident in the trajectory of 31st Union," reads the statement. "The studio is continuing to actively recruit for key roles and to grow in other ways in the year ahead."

It's unclear which departments were impacted by the cuts.

31st Union was established in February 2019 and was initially called 2K Silicon Valley. Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condery was tapped to lead the studio, which has since expanded beyond its San Mateo headquarters with the opening of an office in Valencia, Spain.

When cutting the ribbon on its Spanish branch, 31st Union said it hoped to expand its presence internationally and confirmed the entire team was working on a single new IP. That franchise has yet to surface. Last year, the studio said it achieved a "momentous" milestone after moving its team into a new office in California. 

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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