Popcap, Funcom and THQ Cut Staff

UPDATE: Popcap has confirmed it is to close it’s operation in Ireland with the loss of 96 jobs.

ORIGINAL STORY: Popcap has confirmed that an unspecified number of redundancies have hit their Seattle based studio while their Dublin, Ireland office’s future is being considered with an “exploratory consultation.”

THQ have also shed 20 jobs in the embattled publisher’s marketing department.

John Vechey, Popcap’s co-founder, wroth in a blog post:

“This morning we informed our employees about a reorganization in our studios that will include a “Reduction In Force” in our North American operation – mostly in our headquarters here in Seattle – and an “exploratory consultation” to evaluate the future of our PopCap office in Dublin

“Reduction In Force’ means that some people are losing their jobs. ‘Exploratory consultation’ means we’re talking to our Dublin team about the future of that office and whether we can find a path to improve our profitability in Europe without having to close the operation.

“Today’s news is something you expect periodically from a company in a fast-changing industry, but it sucks if you’re one of the people losing his or her job. These people are our friends and we don’t like doing this.”

Earlier this week it was revealed that a Popcap is working on Plants vs. Zombies 2 which is scheduled to arrive next year. It is unclear if these job cuts will effect development. Last year Popcap was bought by EA for $750 million.

THQ meanwhile announced in a statement that no games were effected by the layoffs saying:

“THQ confirms a realignment has taken place in the company’s marketing and production groups in Agoura Hills. This change is reflective of the company’s ongoing strategy to create a more focused, agile, and digitally-oriented organization. Less than 3% of the company’s global workforce was impacted, and no development teams or projects were affected by this action.”

There were also layoffs at Funcom and Nintendo Power magazine which is permanently closing.

A Funcom statement reads: “As we announced in the stock notice that went out on August 10, Funcom is in the process of reducing operational costs and this process includes temporary layoffs as well as other initiatives.

“As we are currently in the middle of this process we can not provide any further comment at the present time. Rest assured however that we have long-term plans for the company and that we remain fully committed to all of our games.”

Funcom did not specify the number of redundancies which are part of a previously announced “cost-adjustment initiatives.”