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THQ Confirms Volition Layoffs

THQ Confirms Volition Layoffs

March 4, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander

THQ has confirmed that the majority of staff in Saints Row developer Volition’s quality assurance (QA) department have been laid off, as the publisher centralizes its QA division.

"Today we notified 86 of the 102 employees in the Volition quality assurance department that they will be let go," a company spokesperson told consumer weblog Kotaku. "Our quality assurance will now be primarily conducted through THQ's centralized QA facilities, with a small staff remaining on-site in Champaign."

"It's important to note that this is not a new reduction, but part of the scheduled lay-offs announced during our last earnings call."

The layoffs also include 47 temporary employees, the spokesperson continues. "Unfortunately, fluctuating headcount among the temporary staff is common based on when our games ship."

The laid-off employees receive 60 days' notice, and THQ promises to assist them in finding new jobs either at other locations or within the company elsewhere.

Volition is currently working on first person shooter sequel Red Faction: Guerrilla. The studio is also responsible for the FreeSpace and Summoner series, as well as comic book license The Punisher.

Despite losses of $191.8 million, THQ recently dismissed analyst suggestions that it could face bankruptcy in the future. However, the company has been forced to shed around 600 positions as it cut 24 percent of its global workforce.

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