Ottawa-based developer Kindly Beast has laid off the majority of its staff. Prior to today, the company employed about 60 people, and the layoffs affected just under 50. Sources say that the employees were not given prior notification of these layoffs.
While former employees note that Kindly Beast had a great deal of talent on their hands, the company’s reviews on Glassdoor are less than glowing. One employee notes that they were “actively encouraged to seek lower quality ways of finishing their work,” and another how the owners were “unable to take feedback or imbue change.” Kindly Beast’s most successful game to date is Bendy and the Ink Machine.
Kindly Beast CEO, Mike Mood, had the following to say regarding the layoffs:
We are deeply saddened that Kindly Beast is in the unfortunate position of having to scale down our talented team. Our hearts go out to those who’ve been affected and we’ve provided our former staff members with career transition assistance at this difficult time. Also, our friends at Snowed In Studios are having an open house this coming Tuesday, October 15th, which can assist in recruiting the available talent. All current projects will continue as planned to best serve our audience and fans.
One of these projects is a sequel to Bendy and the Ink Machine. It is entitled Bendy and the Dark Revival, and it is expected to release sometime this fall across all platforms. Unfortunately, it seems that the staff who developed this game were not worth keeping around past release.
The games industry is a fickle one. Earlier this year, despite posting a great earnings report, Activision-Blizzard laid off about 8% of its staff. Likewise, Sony Europe reportedly laid off dozens of employees while the PlayStation 5 was announced.
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