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More layoffs strike Lord of the Rings Online studio Turbine

Update Another round of layoffs seems to have swept through The Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine, which already suffered staff cutbacks earlier in the year.
Another round of layoffs seems to be sweeping through The Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine, though it's not yet clear how many people will lose their job or how this affects the studio's continuing operations. Following scattered reports on Twitter today by Turbine employees, a representative of Turbine parent company Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment confirmed the layoffs and issued the following statement to Joystiq: "As part of our normal business process, we’re routinely looking at the strategic alignment of our company. Unfortunately, in order for us to invest in growth areas at Turbine, we have to eliminate some positions." "These are always tough decisions, which we don’t approach lightly, but it’s crucial that Turbine is structured in a way that reflects the current and coming marketplace." That's the exact same statement the company gave to Gamasutra and other outlets when Turbine suffered a similar series of layoffs earlier this year. If you or someone you know is involved and would like to share the story in confidence, please contact us via [email protected]. Update: An anonymous source involved in the matter has confirmed the layoffs to Gamasutra, estimating that roughly 80 people may have lost their jobs at Turbine this week as the company moves to focus on mobile development.

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