Recreation Developer has discovered that Humble, the sport gross sales bundling platform that is generally additionally a recreation writer, laid off a lot of staff this week.
The layoffs happened within the engineering and customer support departments. In an announcement to Recreation Developer, Humble acknowledged this choice adopted a current restructuring.
“Not too long ago we restructured our operations to spend money on key progress areas and strengthen the way forward for Humble Bundle’s e-commerce enterprise,” the corporate acknowledged. “Sadly this meant that some roles in engineering and customer support had been impacted.”
Humble confirmed that 10 staff had been impacted by this choice.
Humble’s enterprise plans and route have been the topic of some consternation and questioning within the final yr. The corporate tried to eliminate the charity sliders that helped gas its rise, rebranded its bundle and publishing companies, and debuted a recreation launching program for subscribers.
It additionally axed Mac and Linux assist for subscribers earlier this yr.
It has been 5 years since media large IGN acquired Humble (then named Humble Bundle), in a deal that introduced the platform underneath the fold of digital media conglomerate J2 World. On the time, government vp Mitch Galbraith advised us that the corporate had no intention of adjusting how Humble does enterprise.
“If it is not damaged, do not repair it,” Galbraith mentioned on the time. “The thought is simply to feed them with the sources they should preserve doing what they’re doing.”
He departed Ziff Davis in 2019.
In the identical yr, cofounders Jeffrey Rosen and John Graham would additionally depart Humble, expressing a want to take a break now that the corporate had grown so massive.
These layoffs appear comparatively minor from an total enterprise perspective, however it’s all the time irritating to see rank-and-file staff laid off attributable to government technique shifting.
It is usually complicated as to how engineering and buyer assist positions wouldn’t be wanted in an ecommerce-focused restructuring.