[Update: KingsIsle has confirmed the layoffs to Massively OP; see end of post for statement.]
Industry vets on Twitter have begun sending condolences to KingsIsle employees allegedly hit with “mass” or “massive” layoffs today. KingsIsle is the studio behind kid-centric MMOs Pirate101 and Wizard101.
— Evan "Scapes" Berman (@Scapes) May 12, 2016
KingsIsle Entertainment website is still showing multiple positions unfilled; a tweet last night from the company advertised for a systems admin. We’ve reached out to our company contact for more information and will update when we have it. Our sympathies extend to all of those affected.
'Massive' layoffs at @KingsIsle today, apparently. They were HQ'ed literally next to BioWare Austin when I was there. :(
— Stephen Reid (@Rockjaw) May 12, 2016
To verify, many talented employees were released as part of a reduction in force today at KingsIsle Entertainment, and we wish them the best. This coincides with a couple of unreleased mobile games being cancelled. The strategy is to refocus our efforts on our MMO games and polish our more promising mobile projects, many of which are still slated for a 2016 release. Fans of our MMOs should know that Pirate101 is soon to receive an update and will be going to Test Realm most likely next week. Wizard101 has new content updates in the works for both Summer and Fall 2016.