Harmonix Lays Off 37 Employees

Last week Harmonix raised $844,127 on Kickstarter to create a successor to its popular 2002 PS2 music rhythm game, Amplitude. There was much celebration and appreciation from the company. But hot on the heels of that positive news, Harmonix has laid off 37 of its staff and shuffled several executives into new positions.

"Harmonix is in the process of restructuring our organization to bring it into alignment with our current and future product development plans," a Harmonix spokesperson told Joystiq today. "Unfortunately, this means making the difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time staff."

These layoffs will not affect ongoing development of its games currently in production including Amplitude, Fantasia: Music Evolved, and ongoing support of Record Run. CEO Alex Rigopulos will reportedly be stepping into the role of Chief Creative Officer while Steve Janiak will take his place at the top of the company. Janiak previously served as the head of Harmonix's publishing and business operations division.

Harmonix thanked its affected employees for all their hard work and said that it is working to help them transition into new jobs.

"We sincerely appreciate the work of each and every one of these employees. Harmonix is working to ensure that those affected are well taken care of as we make this change," the spokesperson added.

Source: Joystiq by way of Masked Pixelante

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