Layoffs expected at Codemasters

UK publisher Codemasters is expected to make an unspecified number of layoffs after confirming plans to restructure certain elements of its business.

An unconfirmed GamesIndustry International report claims that as many as 80 staff from the company’s 500-strong racing games studio in Southam, Warwickshire are facing redundancy.

Codemasters confirmed in a statement that the restructuring is “not company-wide and is not anticipated to impact the development of its core console and PC titles such as GRID 2 or its annual Formula One title”.

The publisher added: "As the company realigns its operations to focus on areas of increased strategic importance and decrease resources in areas that are not delivering value for the business, the company has proposed the restructure of certain aspects within its digital development and publishing units in line with future product strategy.

"As a result of the proposed restructure, the company has therefore entered into a period of collective consultation with the affected employees."