LOTR Online Studio Turbine Undergoing Layoffs

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Turbine, the Boston-based MMO game studio behind The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online, laid off a currently unspecific number of its studio members today, reports from the Boston Globe say. Between this round of layoffs and Zynga’s, it’s been a crappy week to be a Boston game developer, for sure.

A representative of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the parent company of Turbine, mentioned to the Boston Globe that the layoffs were a result of “continual review of our business operations and fluctuating market conditions.”

She was quick to note that the studio “continues to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.”

This news comes after the recent announcement that the studio hired four upper-level officers, including RPG designer Ken Rolston who’s leading the company’s design and technology operations. Turbine houses over 400 employees, which places it at the top of the totem pole in regard to size for the Boston region, as Polygon points out.

Best of thoughts to those displaced by the Turbine layoffs, we hope you get back to cranking out sweet games for our lazy butts soon.

[via Boston Globe]

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