One of the Asian market's gaming behemoths is in a spot of financial trouble, according to a story published last night by Develop
You might remember The9
former publishing partner for the Chinese version of World of Warcraft
. The company also invested heavily in Red 5 Studios
and its upcoming Firefall
shooter, and it will be publishing Sony Online Entertainment's PlanetSide 2
in China when the MMOFPS sequel ships.
Develop reports that rumors of The9's cutting half of its workforce were exaggerated, but the firm is nonetheless downsizing. "We are optimizing operations programs and the relevant human-relations structures, and this optimization to increase the efficiency of the company is a necessary adjustment," the company said in a prepared statement.