More layoffs loom as BlackBerry struggles for relevancy
It's been a tough past couple of years for BlackBerry, and for many of its employees, things might be about to get worse. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal says the Canadian handset maker is getting ready to reduce its workforce by up to 40 percent. BlackBerry currently has around 12,700 employees spread across various divisions, and none of them are safe from the chopping block.
Gabe Newell insists all green-lit projects are still a go.
Something strange is going on at Valve, and nobody seems to have any concrete answers. For the first time, the employee-friendly company issued a number of layoffs -- perhaps as many as 25 -- across multiple divisions, including hardware and Android departments, according to Gamasutra. One of those employees is Valve's director of business development, Jason Holtman.
Different strokes for different folks. What do we mean by that? While Gabe Newell and the rest of the gang at Valve can't get enough Linux in their diet, the financial weight watchers at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) just got through liposuctioning a portion of its Linux kernel development team by closing its Dresden, Germany-based Operating System Research Center (OSRC).
When it rains, it pours, and the BioWare Austin team behind Star Wars: The Old Republic has been caught in a veritable monsoon of crappy circumstances. Just a few weeks back, an EA earnings statement revealed that the MMO had lost about a quarter of its subscribers during the last financial quarter. Execs said it was simply free trial players cycling out of the game, but BioWare announced yesterday that it had laid off some of the SWTOR team.
After conducting a review of its business and analyzing "current organizational needs," Blizzard made the tough call to axe around 600 employees, the game developer and publisher announced this week. Only about 10 percent of those pink slips will be handed out to workers in departments related to game development, and of those roughly 60 workers, none of them will be from the World of Warcraft team.
Finnish phone maker Nokia today outlined plans to shed roughly 4,000 workers combined from three separate smartphone production plants in Komarom, Hungary, Reynosa, Mexico, and Salo, Finland. What remains of the three factories will focus on smartphone product customization for customers mainly in Europe and the Americas, while smartphone production at large will be diverted to Asia where the majority of component suppliers hang their hats, Nokia said.
Microsoft has reportedly begun trimming (or slashing, depending on how you want to look at it) its workforce by letting go of a "small percentage" of employees who held marketing positions with the Redmond software giant as it looks to revamp and streamline its operations. The company didn't specific exactly how many employees were let go, though several reports have the number pegged at 200.
AMD, the world's second largest maker of computer microprocessors with an approximately 20 percent share of the global market, announced a "restructuring plan and implementation of operational efficiency initiatives" that involves handing out pink slips to 10 percent of the chip maker's workforce. The layoffs are part of an overall effort to save the company more than $200 million in 2012.