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Nexon shuts down its Orange County game studio

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Nexon has shut down its sport studio in Orange County, California, the corporate confirmed following chatter on social media.

The shutdown of Nexon OC reveals that the sturdy gross sales from elevated video games engagement in the course of the pandemic isn’t serving to all firms. There are nonetheless winners and losers on this enterprise. In truth, the Game Developers Conference survey launched immediately reveals that there are components of the sport trade which are hurting regardless of the general optimistic development.

GamesBeat requested the Tokyo-based firm, the maker of video games resembling Dungeon Fighter and MapleStory, for remark, and Nexon confirmed it shut the studio. In an replace, the corporate stated the rationale for the shutdown was not based mostly on any Nexon enterprise considerations however was extra because of the inventive route and core focus.

“We deeply appreciate the commitment and output of the OC team, however projects in development there no longer fit with our focus on core creative competencies,” a Nexon spokesperson stated in an announcement. “All permanent employees impacted by this decision will receive severance and outplacement assistance.”

In 2017 and 2018, quite a few individuals have been saying that Nexon OC was hiring individuals. Its leaders included skilled sport makers resembling Stephan Frost, Ryan Metcalf, and Jon Jelinek.

Nexon’s CEO is Owen Mahoney, who has given frequent talks at our GamesBeat conferences. In April, he talked about how the gaming world had modified due to the pandemic. Nexon itself has greater than 5,000 staff. In mid-2019, Nexon consolidated a few Southern California places of work into one location. The Nexon OC studio was a part of the Asian firm’s try to develop into the West.

Other Orange County studios resembling InXile Entertainment stated they have been hiring. Nexon has a number of studio operations within the West together with Big Huge Games, Pixelberry, and Embark studios in Sweden.

Projects within the OC studio have been by no means introduced. The firm stated its present roadmap has not been modified in any respect.

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