Here's yet another news post on companies cutting back on their staff
, oh boy. At least with Gaia Online
it's a paltry 36 employees, 16 full-time staff and 20 contractors. That happens to be about 13% of the staff and is attributed to the less-than expected performance of zOMG!
, which had around 500k players in November and just hit one million
. As large as that number sounds, it's being drawn from the 11 million base of Gaia Online
, so, it's all relative.
There doesn't seem to be much worrying though, as the company has said they're merely preparing for a downturn in the coming year. We get the feeling that news like this is going to keep coming over the next 12-18 months, if not a little longer. Hopefully though, it's only small cuts like this and not the sort of job loss that's starting to become expected at other well-known developers
For those of you scratching your heads over this whole "zOMG!" game, check out Massively's first impressions
for a glimpse into the beast, as they say.