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Nintendo Europe lays off 130 in headquarters relocation
Nintendo Europe lays off 130 in headquarters relocation
June 6, 2014 | By Mike Rose

June 6, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Nintendo today announced that it plans to shut down its European headquarters in Gro▀ostheim, Germany, laying off around 130 people in the process.

According to Eurogamer, Nintendo now plans to run its European operations out of its Frankfurt offices. The shutdown is in aid of allowing for more long-term flexibility in its game business.

"Nintendo of Europe has entered into a consultation process on a number of changes it is intending to make to its European business which, in the long term, will better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment," the statement from Nintendo reads.

The company says that it will be providing support for all affected employees, as both the warehouse and offices in Gro▀ostheim are sold off.

This shutdown and layoffs come as Nintendo admitted its game business isn't going so swimmingly, with big drops in revenues and profits.


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Jim Burns
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"This shutdown and layoffs come as Nintendo admitted its game business isn't going so swimmingly, with big drops in revenues and profits."

When Nintendo added hundreds of jobs for the last few months, that was not an article. A bit irresponsible if you ask me.

Nintendo's game business is doing about as well as anyones not doing microtransactioned f2p games

Mike Kasprzak
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I don't know my geography, but having 2 Germany offices does seem redundant, at least from an outsiders perspective (and given that most content is created in Japan).

Matthew Fairchild
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Especially considering Gro▀ostheim and Frankfurt are only about 40km apart, that really does seem a bit redundant :-/

Michael DeSantiago
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Sad to see Nintendo just WOULD NOT keep up with the times change of games and hardware. Their difference set them apart with the Wii but now there is some serious hardware advantages out there, and Nintendo is just REFUSING to change with the rest of the crowd. I know they had some brain wave controller theyve been working on for some time now, either way they need to get the lead out.

Jim Burns
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Nintendo is the number 1 developer in 2014. They were the number 1 in 2013 too. Metacritic tells us Nintendo is number 1. I am not sure what you are going on about.

Ron Festejo
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Were they really? Wow. Didn't know that.

I think that the problem is that they are also a platform owner. As platform owners they have a responsibility to provide great games - which they do, of course... just not enough of them. They really didn't support the Wii enough, which was a reason why I didn't buy into the Wii-U. And I'm glad I didn't as they don't seem to be supporting that platform too well either.

There's no denying that they make great games. That's why lots of people are hoping that they'll do a Sega and develop on all platforms. Can you imagine a Nintendo game on the launch of XBox One and PS4?... Nah :)

Michael DeSantiago
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Really you have NO IDEA what im going on about?

Michael DeSantiago
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@Jim Burns

http://gamasutra.com/view/news/220256/Nintendo_finds_itself_under
_fire_from_furious_shareholders.php

C L
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"My gaming tastes have changed, why hasn't Nintendo changed with me?"

Eric Harris
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@Ron
Imagine if the Xbox One had Xbox One games on launch for their own system. People always ramble on about how the Wii U has no games, but they have most of the same stuff everyone else has, unless it is an exclusive. Really, what non exclusive game did you buy for PS4/XBone that you couldn't buy for the Wii U?

Kujel Selsuru
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I'm just glad these layoffs are in administration instead of actual game developers, it's refeshing for a change.


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