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Plants vs. Zombies dev PopCap suffers layoffs

by Eric Frederiksen | May 3, 2017May 3, 2017 12:00 pm PDT

PopCap, developer of games like Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle, and Bejeweled,  has laid off some of the staff at its Seattle headquarters, the company announced has announced.

“Our PopCap Studio in Seattle continues to be home to amazingly creative teams,” said PopCap general manager Matt Nutt in a public letter. “But we need to evolve to ensure our big ideas are going to continue to excite and give players more of what we do best – inspiring the world to play, together.”

The studio is refocusing

The studio isn’t closing, but it is letting some staff go as well as “refocusing on key titles and new projects.” I’m going to guess that some unannounced games are getting canned as part of this change.

Nutt ends the letter saying that the studio will both be working on new projects and “working to deliver more fo some of our existing Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies titles.” Nutt doesn’t elaborate in the letter as to how many developers were let go.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...