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EVE Online studio lays off 49 employees

CCP cuts staff from publishing organization in Iceland

EVE Online studio CCP has laid off 49 employees from its Icelandic headquarters, just two months after it cut 56 employees from its Atlanta offices.

The studio confirmed the layoffs in a statement to Polygon, specifying that the employees were culled from its "publishing organization".

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"As part of our strategy to focus on the EVE Universe, today CCP conducted a restructuring that resulted in the layoff of 49 people in our publishing organization," the statement reads.

"Though it is hard to say goodbye to our friends and family, this action concludes the process we started several months ago. CCP has provided severance packages and job placement assistance for those affected.

"Development teams and plans for EVE Online, EVE: Valkyrie, DUST 514, and 'Project Legion' are not impacted by the restructuring."

The 56 employees laid off in April were working on the canceled World of Darkness MMO. Given CCP's "focus on the EVE Universe", the 49 latest employees to get the axe may have also been involved in the long-delayed game or related properties.

CCP chief executive Hilmar Pétursson said canceling the World of Darkness project was "one of the hardest [decisions] I've ever had to make." It had been defined as an open-world, player-ruled MMO, much like EVE Online.

"We dreamed of a game that would transport you completely into the sweeping fantasy of World of Darkness, but had to admit that our efforts were falling regretfully short. One day I hope we will make it up to you."

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