‘Dungeon Defenders’ Developer Lays Off Twenty Percent of its Staff

Last month Dungeon Defenders developer Trendy Entertainment hired former LucasArts president Darrell Rodriguez as its CEO. This month the Florida-based developer has made some serious changes – a reduction of around 20 percent of its workforce, according to GamesIndustry International. The 20 percent reduction in staff hit both the development and marketing departments within the company, though Trendy declined to say exactly how many employees had been let go.

When GII asked about the company's profitability, Rodriguez was frank in admitting that "currently, we are not profitable, but we have products in the pipeline to get us there. We are in between launches, so our cash flow is a concern. We are taking the necessary steps to fix this to ensure Dungeon Defenders II gets out the door at the great quality people have come to expect. We're at a critical time where execution and performance is essential to our ongoing success."

Rodriguez also emphasized that it is working with an outplacement team, "to make sure everyone is cared for." Trendy is also providing financial assistance and extended benefits, which Rodriguez said is "something many small companies in our position may not consider."

"We are doing this very unpleasant action with respect, empathy and compassion in consideration of the great work that these people have contributed to Trendy," he added.

Currently the company is focused on developing Dungeon Defenders II. While the sequel is important to the company's continued success, Rodriguez says that he hopes the company can gain recognition for its cross-platform technology Playverse, which he called "the future of the company." For now, however, "most of our resources are currently devoted to Dungeon Defenders II and other development projects," he said.

Source: GII

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