Nintendo of Europe Shredding Payroll, 320 Employees Laid Off

It is not uncommon for large companies to lay off some of their employees owing to their own reasons. Sometimes, these reasons are as simple as reorganizing while sometimes they are only veiled as such.

I wonder which one is going on at Nintendo of Europe where around 320 of their workers are being released of their duties.

There were talks of a layoff plan at the European section of the company in the past months but none of it had been confirmed by an official. Now, however, we have the word of the company representatives:

“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.”

While this is the statement that confirms the layoffs regarding the full time employees of the company, it was accompanied by another that talks of a reorganization of their European Localization Development (ELD) department.

According to the statement, the step is being taken to increase ‘flexibility and co-efficiency in the long term.’

Hence, ‘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,’ resulting in around 190 temporary contractors being laid off.

All the personnel had been informed about the decision of Nintendo of Europe back in June.

What do you think is causing Nintendo of Europe to let go off hundreds of their employees really?

Sarmad is our Senior Editor, and is also one of the more refined and cultured among us. He's 25, a finance major, and having the time of his life writing about videogames.