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Glu Mobile reportedly cuts 25 jobs and closes Portland studio

Glu Mobile reportedly cuts 25 jobs and closes Portland studio

Glu Mobile is reportedly set to close its Portland studio and has already laid off 25 employees as a result.

According to Gamasutra, the studio was developing a new celebrity game like its megahit Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and follow-up titles such as Nicki Minaj: The Empire. The game had been in development for around two years.

The Portland office is said to be a fully-fledged department of Glu, complete with its own development, QA and community management departments.

It is unknown which teams are directly affected by the cuts or how big the studio is in terms of headcount.

Not the first

This is not the first round of job losses at Glu in 2017. 107 jobs were cut at its Bellevue, Long Beach and San Francisco offices as part of a restructuring plan.

Its celebrity games have never manged to achieve the same level of success as Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Katy Perry Pop was quietly shut down in November 2016 and only Kim Kardashian was mentioned as a strong performer in Glu's Q4 FY16 financials.


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Ric was formerly the Editor of Pocket Gamer and the Deputy Editor of PocketGamer.biz. He still pops up time to time to review games.

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