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Midway Games Announces Layoffs, Studio Closure and Cancellations

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2008 @ 10:18 a.m. PST

Midway Games announced that it is taking significant steps to reduce its cost structure, including a 25% reduction in workforce, the closure of its Austin, TX, studio (Area 51), and the suspension of development on several non-core games.

The cost-cutting initiatives will involve a reduction in force across multiple disciplines within the company in its Austin, Chicago and San Diego locations. Headcount will be reduced by approximately one quarter of Midway’s global workforce. The suspended non-core projects were previously scheduled to release in 2010 or 2011 and have not yet been made public.

“The cost-reduction measures are vital for us to rationalize our operations and provide the resources necessary for our core properties to succeed,” said Matt Booty, president and CEO of Midway. “These initiatives, along with the other steps we have taken this year, are a response to the specific challenges we are facing at Midway, many of which have been amplified by the current economic conditions.”

Additional details on the reduction and the financial impact can be referenced in the report filed today on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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