Ubisoft Lays Off 45 Workers In Latest Wave

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Ubisoft has confirmed that it’s cut 45 positions as part of its latest round of cuts. The jobs were cut in efforts to “[reorganize] our Global Publishing central and [Asia-Pacific] structures” and to “enhance our collective efficiency.”

Reporter Ethan Gach originally broke the news as part of his newsletter Dead Game, where he also reported on layoffs at Gearbox, Sega, Certain Infinity, and Maxis Games. This wave is the latest in nearly constant mass lay offs since last year across the industry. Ubisoft last laid off over 1,000 workers in November 2023. In January 2024, Microsoft cut 1,900 people from the Xbox division alone. In February, Sony laid off 900 people. It’s not just on the development side, Twitch and GameStop also saw mass layoffs. As of early March, over 8,000 workers were laid off in 2024 according to GameSpot’s own reporting.

GameSpot reached out to Ubisoft, which provided the following statement: “Over the past few months, every team within Ubisoft has been exploring ways to streamline our operations and enhance our collective efficiency so that we are better positioned for success in the long term. In this context, today we announced that we are further reorganizing our Global Publishing central and APAC structures to adapt them to the market evolution with a more efficient and agile approach. Those changes will impact 45 positions overall. These are not decisions taken lightly and we are providing comprehensive support for our impacted colleagues. We also want to share our utmost gratitude and respect for their many contributions to the company.”

Ubisoft released Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown and Skull and Bones so far this year. Despite low player numbers, Skull and Bones broke company records for play time. Shooter XDefiant was delayed beyond March, but Star Wars Outlaws and an Assassin’s Creed game codenamed Red are still on track for this fiscal year. More information on the Ubisoft’s lineup for the fiscal year of 2024-2025 is reportedly coming in May.