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Mobile publisher Flaregames lays off 45 staff

Flaregames has laid off a portion of its staff during a restructure that has also resulted in the departure of its CEO.

Alissa McAloon, Publisher

November 12, 2018

1 Min Read

The mobile game publisher Flaregames has laid off 45 members of its staff in Karlsruhe, Germany. The company’s CEO, Klaas Kersting, is also stepping down from his position at the head of the company.

Kersting detailed the lead up to the decision to restructure and refocus Flaregames’ core business in a post on the company’s site, noting specifically that any past successes seen by the studio haven’t been at the scale it would need to sustain its previous model. 

Instead, under the leadership of new CEO and former studio head Todd English, Kersting says Flaregames will move away from what he describes as a “one-stop shop” approach to instead work through smaller teams to offer support in game development, live game operations, and marketing. 

The post also notes that Flaregames is creating a separate business to house its owned studios like Keen Flare, Kopla Games, and other acquisitions, though that split will be further detailed in the future.

As always, if you or someone you know has been affected by these layoffs, you can email Gamasutra to share your story confidentially.

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Alissa McAloon

Publisher, GameDeveloper.com

As the Publisher of Game Developer, Alissa McAloon brings a decade of experience in the video game industry and media. When not working in the world of B2B game journalism, Alissa enjoys spending her time in the worlds of immersive sandbox games or dabbling in the occasional TTRPG.

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