320 employees laid off at Nintendo of Europe
As part of restructuring plans that has seen their Großostheim headquarters closed, Nintendo of Europe have confirmed that 130 permanent employees have been made redundant.
This move has been made to allow the company to “adapt to the rapidly changing business environment,” and has additionally seen the European Localisation Development department undergo reorganisation. This has also seen 190 temporary agency workers affected whose contracts with the company have now ended, who had been notified of the decision back in June.
“As previously communicated in June 2014, approximately 130 permanent employees will be released by Nintendo of Europe (Germany) at the end of August 2014 as part of a set of measures to better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment,” a Nintendo of Europe spokesperson shared in a statement to Kotaku.
“As a separate measure, Nintendo of Europe is reorganising its European Localisation Development (ELD) department, where it currently uses a number of temporary agency workers in translation and testing activities, in order to increase flexibility and cost-efficiency in the long-term. It is intended that there will be an increase in outsourcing future translation and test activities to third-party companies on an as-needed basis, and very sadly this has meant having ended the contracts of 190 temporary agency workers, who were formally notified of this decision in June 2014.”