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More layoffs: Ubisoft fires 33 employees from Toronto studio

More layoffs: Ubisoft fires 33 employees from Toronto studio
More layoffs: Ubisoft fires 33 employees from Toronto studio

Ubisoft’s “targeted realignment” results in layoffs at its Toronto studio.

Ubisoft has decided to lay off 33 employees from its Toronto studio in a new round of layoffs, a move expected to devastate the already struggling Prince of Persia: Sands of Time And splinter cell remakes that the studio has been working on.

Many companies in the gaming and tech industries have been dealing with waves of layoffs for more than a year, with varying justifications for their cuts. In this case, Ubisoft claims they are “carrying out a targeted realignment to ensure they can deliver on their ambitious roadmap.”

Unfortunately, these layoffs at Ubisoft are just the latest in an industry that has been struggling with mass layoffs since early 2023. Companies like Microsoft, Meta, Epic Games, Riot Games, and Esports Engine are among those that have made significant cuts to their workforce during this period.

This latest round of layoffs isn’t even the first at Ubisoft during this period. In November 2023, the company cut 124 jobs worldwide. The majority of these, 98 jobs to be precise, were related to Ubisoft’s Canadian offices.

Bad timing for layoffs at Ubisoft

Screenshot of Tweet by Ubisoft Toronto (Image via esports.gg)

Ubisoft’s choice of office location has raised some eyebrows due to the projects they work on. The Toronto office has taken the lead in the fight Splinter cell remake since the end of 2021. Earlier this month, the studio announced that it would contribute to the development of the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake.

Regardless, Ubisoft insists that the latest round of layoffs will have no impact on their ongoing projects. “Our plan remains unchanged and our teams are working on executing the Splinter Cell remake and other projects at the studio,” they stated.

Whether that claim is true or was just intended to appease investors is unknown. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Toronto studio’s projects are delayed in the near future.