Worms publisher Team17 has confirmed that it has begun “a period of consultation” as part of its company restructure, leading to several job cuts and losses including CEO Michael Pattison who parted ways with the company recently. This follows a report in which it was claimed that Team17 would begin laying off a majority of the developer’s internal QA team, amounting to around 50 roles.
As reported by Eurogamer, Team17 revealed that a company restructure was taking place internally, leading to significant job losses in the studio. Team17 also confirmed the departure of Pattison, who served as the CEO of the company for several years.
Team17’s official statement regarding the lay offs reads:
“In response to the reports concerning the departure of Michael Pattison from Team17, we can confirm we have amicably parted ways with Michael. We can also confirm that we have sadly entered into a period of consultation today within Team17 Digital, with Astragon and Storytoys remaining unaffected by the restructuring plans.”
Apart from the Worms franchise, Team17 is also best known for publishing Overcooked, Blasphemous, Thymesia, Moving Out 2 and the recently released Blasphemous 2, among many others.
Job losses in the gaming industry have been particularly harsh this year. Microsoft cut a total of 10,000 jobs worldwide in January 2023 with many lay offs confirmed at Xbox, Bethesda and 343 Industries, among other studios. BioWare also laid off 50 employees amidst a company restructure in an effort to focus up the development of Dragon Age: Dreadwolf and the next Mass Effect. This led to former veteran BioWare level designer Jos Hendriks joining Sucker Punch Productions, where he’s presumably working on the rumoured Ghost of Tsushima sequel.
More recently, Fortnite and Unreal Engine company Epic Games laid off around 900 employees or 16% of its overall staff due to “unrealistic” expectations for its plans to grow Fortnite as a “metaverse-inspired ecosystem” for players.