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Game fund Astra lays off employees before holidays

The Astra venture fund focusing on thinking games has suddenly made its first round of layoffs just weeks before the holiday season.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

December 15, 2023

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Screenshot from Abandoned Sheep's Schrodinger's Cat Burglar.
Image via Abandoned Sheep.

At a Glance

  • Astra's cuts come over a year after it launched and follows on from layoffs at Hasbro, Codemasters, and other developers.

Employees at venture fund Astra revealed they were recently laid off. An exact number is unclear, but those affected lamented how it comes so close to the holidays, a similar occurrence at Free Radical and Hasbro.

"I just lost my job the day before Christmas break and subsequent parental leave," said one ex-staffer.

Its website is currently locked down, but Astra bills itself as a philanthropic fund with a specific focus on thinking games. It launched in 2022 with several projects funded, one of which came from Puzzmo co-creator Zach Gage.

Other Astra-funded titles include Floppy Club's Rytmos, Abandoned Sheep's Schrodinger's Cat Burglar, and Animo Games' Star Stuff.

"Our mission is to support the development of great thinking games and to broadly advocate for the value in playing them," it explained.

Game Developer reached out to Astra for comment, and will update when a response is given.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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