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37 Harmonix employees let go as CEO Alex Rigopulos steps down

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37 Harmonix employees have been let go, the Rock Band developer has confirmed, while current CEO and co-founder Alex Rigopulos will transition into a new role.

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The news arrives days after Harmonix successfully reached its Kickstarter goal for a remake of the company’s second ever game, Amplitude. The announcement also follows the news that the team’s innovative music rhythm first-person shooter, Chroma, is being sent back to the drawing board to rework some of the game elements after a period of beta testing.

In a statement to the press, a Harmonix representative wrote:

“Harmonix is in the process of restructuring our organization to bring it into alignment with our current and future product development plans. Unfortunately, this means making the difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time staff.

“We sincerely appreciate the work of each and every one of these employees. Harmonix is working to ensure that those affected are well taken care of as we make this change.”

Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos will step down from his position as CEO to transition into the role of chief creative officer, while head of publishing and business operations Steve Janiak will take over as CEO.


Do you think the layoffs spell trouble for the Rock Band and Dance Central developer, or is the company simply going through a brutal period of restructuring as they claim?

Harmonix denies reports that the layoffs are a result of Microsoft’s recent decision to provide an Xbox One bundle without Kinect, which could mean lower than forecasted sales for the studio’s Fantasia: Music Evolved game, and less potential for new Dance Central games, too.


Source: Game Informer


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