Updated 12:25pm February 9th: Gamasutra is now reporting that Gameloft has laid off up to 50 staff at its Madrid studio.
A second source told the website that the staff were quietly made redundant in late 2017. The layoffs represent around half of the Madrid studio's entire workforce.
Original story: Gameloft has reportedly closed down its New Orleans office and let go of around 40 staff working at the location.
Gamasutra initially reported on the closure, citing an unnamed source. Gameloft has yet to make an official statement on the studio's closure.
The New Orleans office was first opened back in August 2011. At the time, the company was expecting to hire over 150 staff at the location by 2021.
Less and less
This is not the first Gameloft studio to have been shut down in the last two years. Its Auckland office was closed down in January 2016, affecting 160 jobs, and its Helsinki studio was shuttered around the same time.
Gameloft was taken over by media conglomerate Vivendi back in June 2016. It was largely seen as the beginnings of a hostile takeover of the much larger developer Ubisoft.