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Fantasy Flight Games layoffs

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07 Jan 2020 14:57 - 07 Jan 2020 14:58 #305903 by ChristopherMD
Rumor has it they just laidoff FFG's RPG department.
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07 Jan 2020 15:31 #305906 by Gary Sax

ChristopherMD wrote: Rumor has it they just laidoff FFG's RPG department.


yikes
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07 Jan 2020 17:32 #305914 by jpat
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Just saw that myself. Lamentable but not surprising. We've probably all been expecting the Final Asmodification.

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07 Jan 2020 18:47 #305917 by Msample
Asmodee Order 66 has been issued.
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07 Jan 2020 19:06 #305919 by Gary Sax
Classic venture capital move, cut down to core material, lay off staff except for skeleton crew.

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07 Jan 2020 22:01 #305921 by Shellhead

ChristopherMD wrote: Rumor has it they just laidoff FFG's RPG department.


And Asmodee's entire customer service department. Total of about 50 people let go today. And Asmodee North America's current HR department consists of one woman who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2019. Don't blame her, this kind of decision comes down from high in the organization.
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07 Jan 2020 22:06 - 07 Jan 2020 22:06 #305922 by Sagrilarus
Where are all those people that a couple of years back said consolidation would be good for the industry? None of them seem to be in any of these threads this time.
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07 Jan 2020 22:35 #305923 by Shellhead

Sagrilarus wrote: Where are all those people that a couple of years back said consolidation would be good for the industry? None of them seem to be in any of these threads this time.


That sounds like something the venture capitalist owners of Asmodee would say.

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08 Jan 2020 21:41 #305953 by Dr. Mabuse
www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/elf...sive_layoffs_at_ffg/

Looks like the digital department is closing down.

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08 Jan 2020 22:57 #305954 by Gary Sax
The doctor represents the good angel on my shoulder and started a new thread on this. I'm moving the previous buried discussion on this big news to this thread, which is why it appears before the doctor's OP.
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09 Jan 2020 00:40 #305955 by Dr. Mabuse
Damn, sorry all, feel free to delete my post to avoid any confusion.

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09 Jan 2020 09:40 #305962 by JoelCFC25
Sorry to hear about this, but I always figured it was a strong possibility--stripping a company for parts is a standard part of the playbook in many VC takeovers. I remember being relatively new to gaming and browsing what used to be the dizzying breadth of their range of titles. Their catalog now is downright sad compared to their heyday.
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09 Jan 2020 09:45 #305963 by Shellhead

JoelCFC25 wrote: Sorry to hear about this, but I always figured it was a strong possibility--stripping a company for parts is a standard part of the playbook in many VC takeovers. I remember being relatively new to gaming and browsing what used to be the dizzying breadth of their range of titles. Their catalog now is downright sad compared to their heyday.


Their new corporate strategy is to do more with less. They want to sell more copies of fewer games, and ideally go mass-market like Hasbro. They also made almost everybody a salaried employee a while back, so they can make everybody work extra hours without paying extra.
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09 Jan 2020 09:49 - 09 Jan 2020 09:50 #305964 by Josh Look
Not sure how many folks read the full story, but this was their digital outlet. The made and released one game, the digital version of the LOTR LCG. Not to sound insensitive to those out of work, but pursuing that project was a head scratcher from the get go. I feel bad for those who lost their jobs, but I’m hardly surprised by any of this.
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