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Layoffs hit Rock Band developer Harmonix

Layoffs hit Rock Band developer Harmonix

The studio behind Rock Band and the early Guitar Hero games has laid off 14 of its employees.

That’s according to Gamasutra, which says that the job losses at the Boston-based developer were across multiple departments.

According to a spokesperson for Harmonix, the layoffs were made “to reduce our overhead and align our business with our current development slate.”

The statement continues: “This was a difficult decision and we’re grateful to our friends and former colleagues for their many contributions,” the statement continues. “We’re working to ensure that they’re taken care of as we make this change."

Harmonix says that it has a number of unannounced projects in the works, while work continues on its flagship Rock Band franchise. Maybe one day we’ll see that on PC, who knows.

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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