Disney India is set to lay off 40 people from its gaming division based in Mumbai this month, reports MCVIndia. Most of these layoffs are from the game publishing team, with several people from the technical team also affected by the move.
The report however states that close to 100 employees have been laid off in the past few months by the company. We had heard that most of the affected employees were given the option of shifting to other teams within Disney, till they found a new job.
We contacted Disney India and the company informed us that it is restructuring its digital business as of now. Here’s the full statement by the company: “We are undertaking a restructuring in the Digital business, aligned with our global long-term digital strategy that is focused on sustainable profitability and innovation. The intent is to concentrate all our efforts in a few core focus areas of the business, in which we will continue to develop high-quality interactive digital products which include games, apps and other engaging offerings.”
The company has not yet commented on specific questions such as the exact number of people affected by this policy in 2014 or how many people are left in the games division or what this means for the company’s games division in India.
Bad time to work in gaming industry?
Just last month Japanese game publisher Square Enix had shut down its Indian operations, but the company later clarified that it will not completely exit the country. Gameloft had also shut down its Hyderabad studios. Later on EA had also scaled down its operations here. A few companies have setup funds and incubators for game developers and that seems to be the only help game developers in India will get as of now in India.