Nintendo of Europe Lays off 320 Employees

by William D'Angelo, posted on 29 August 2014 / 3,578 Views

Nintendo of Europe will be laying off 320 employees by August 31. The news comes from a statement released to Kotaku by Nintendo of Europe. The figure includes 130 full time employees that was reported back in June. Another 190 temporary employees will be laid off at Nintendo's German location.

"As previously communicated in June 2014, approximately 130 permanent employees will be released by Nintendo of Europe (Germany) at the end of August 2014 as part of a set of measures to better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment."

"As a separate measure, Nintendo of Europe is reorganizing its European Localization Development (ELD) department, where it currently uses a number of temporary agency workers in translation and testing activities, in order to increase flexibility and cost-efficiency in the long-term. It is intended that there will be an increase in outsourcing future translation and test activities to third-party companies on an as-needed basis, and very sadly this has meant having ended the contracts of 190 temporary agency workers, who were formally notified of this decision in June 2014."

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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6 Comments

ikki5 (on 29 August 2014)

Temporary positions, they were already going to do 130 we all knew about already and the other 190 are people who had jobs knowing they were not a permanent job so why is this a surprise?


ikki5 (on 29 August 2014)

like really, this would have happened sooner or later just due to the nature of their contracts.


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Clyde32 (on 31 August 2014)

Commenting here is risky. You either get downvotes or upvotes. I'm afraid I might get downvotes this time.


NickK (on 29 August 2014)

That is sad!


NickK (on 29 August 2014)

That is sad!


Jranation (on 29 August 2014)

I feel sorry for that ubisoft employee who posted some hateful comment towards nintendo. He should be happy that he has a job :-(


padib (on 29 August 2014)

:(


padib (on 29 August 2014)

Only on vgchartz do I get downvotes.


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