WOTC Layoffs Confirmed
Numerous sources now indicate that Wizards of the Coast has undergone a round of layoffs in what is unfortunately becoming an annual holiday event. According to sources approximately 24 people were laid off, out of a staff of 100.
Confirmed layoffs (via Lisa Stevens, CEO of Paizo Publishing ENWorld post) include the following (representing, it seems, a huge hit to D&D Insider, as well as several names closely associated with 3rd Edition):
- Randy Buehler (VP of digital gaming)
- Andrew Finch (director of digital games)
- Stacy Longstreet (senior art director)
- Julia Martin (editor)
- William Meyers (creative manager, digital design)
- Dave Noonan (game designer)
- Jennifer Paige (online community manager)
- Jennifer Powers (marketing)
- Jonathan Tweet (game designer)
An article on ICv2 quoted an unnamed WOTC spokesperson as saying: “Wizards of the Coast consolidated its digital game organizations to streamline execution of digital growth strategies for core brands.”
Wizards of the Coast President Greg Leeds was also quoted in that article as saying: “Consolidating internal resources coupled with improved outsourcing allows us to gain efficiencies in executing against our major digital initiatives Magic Online and D&D Insider. Wizards of the Coast is well positioned to maximize future opportunities, including further brand development on digital platforms. The result of this consolidation is a more streamlined approach to driving core brands.”
This follows on a previous announcement in August (in the wake of Gleemax's demise) which resulted in layoffs then:
Wizards Announces New Organizational Alignment
Wizards of the Coast today announced new organizational alignment to focus on key growth strategies for core brands.
“As a company, we will continue to be the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer,” said Greg Leeds, President of Wizards of the Coast. “Re-aligning resources ensures we achieve this goal for our most powerful brands.”
While restructuring results in some job eliminations, Wizards of the Coast is actively recruiting to fill open positions in multiple areas of the company.
“Organizational change is always difficult on those impacted,” said Leeds. “But we will take great care in the transition, and continue to invest in the growth of the business, specifically innovation for our Magic and Dungeons & Dragons fans.”