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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Devs puts off staff in the Wake of Disney Partnership




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Studio restructuring leads to significant resignations.

Just weeks after securing a multi-year partnership with Disney, Jam City has announced a restructuring that has resulted in a number of layoffs.

Talking with GamesBeat, an anonymous source said the total number of staff deployed was significant. The developer had apparently resignations earlier this year, with Gamasutra saying that the rumored cuts were significant.

"Jam City rolled out organizational changes on Friday that changed some teams and staff positions," the studio said in a statement. "We reallocate resources to support the goals of our global business.

" This is an extremely difficult decision, and Jam City makes these changes with great respect for all concerned. We offer retirement packages and other types of transition support for affected employees.

Employees in all departments across Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego have allegedly been hit.

Jam City recently signed a license agreement with Disney to develop titles based on the Pixar and Walt Disney franchises and to take over Disney Emoji Blitz Studio. It also absorbed Disney's Glendale Games Studio, offering all of its staff positions at Jam City.

"We've been working on this deal for a long time," said CEO Chris DeWolfe to GamesBeat last month.

"We take over the Disney Emoji Blitz studio, and the first game we are working on is based on the sequel to Frozen who will debut with the next movie."

Jam City's stall of titles contains six licensed games based on Harry Potter, Family Guy, Marvel's Avengers, Futurama and The Book of Life.

Shabana is a freelance writer who has JRPGs, wine, and not a shooter. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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