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Sumo Group Layoffs: 15% staff cut, Timbre Games permanently closed

A photo of a person with headphones on using a mouse and keyboard, potentially working for Sumo Group. (Photo: ELLA DON / Unsplash)

What’s happening at Sumo Group?

Sumo Group, the prominent video game developer, has announced a significant reduction in its workforce, impacting 15% of employees. This move affects staff across various locations, including Canada and Poland. Additionally, the company has decided to close its Vancouver-based Timbre Games studio, putting 100 employees out of work.

Official statements and context

Quote from Carl Cavers, CEO of Sumo Group: “Whilst Sumo has been able to manage through many of the recent difficulties the games industry has faced, we have not been immune and reshaping operations across the business to better navigate the upcoming challenges expected in the coming months is a path we must now take to ensure the security of the business going forward.”

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Industry reaction

  • The timing of the layoffs, just a day after Sumo Group’s prominent appearance at the Summer Game Fest, has sparked discussions within the industry.
  • Many view this move as a reflection of broader challenges in the gaming sector, including economic pressures and shifting market dynamics.

Ex-employee perspectives

  • Lead Talent Partner Jaclyn Adair revealed on LinkedIn the number of people affected and commented on the broader impact of ongoing layoffs in the video game industry.
  • “Continued closures like ours will only serve short-term investments, and will, in the long term, degrade the quality and availability of talent in this industry,” Adair said. “These massive industry shifts cannot go without consequences.”
  • Other ex-employees shared the news on their profiles as well.

Termination agreements for Sumo Group employees

In Canada, non-unionized employees at Sumo Group are owed full severance pay when they lose their jobs due to downsizing, corporate restructuring, or the closure of the business.

This applies to individuals working in any capacity — full-time, part-time, hourly, or potentially even independent contractors — in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Severance is the compensation provided to non-unionized workers in Canada by their employer when they are terminated without cause, and can be as much as 24 months’ pay, depending on a number of factors.

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Before you accept any severance offer, double-check the amount using our firm’s free Severance Pay Calculator. It has helped millions of Canadians determine their entitlements.

In addition to your salary, make sure to factor in any other elements of your compensation (i.e. bonuses, commission, etc.).

If your employer’s offer falls short of what the Severance Pay Calculator says you are owed, it’s very likely that you have been wrongfully dismissed and should contact an experienced employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Non-unionized employees in Canada have up to two years from the date of their dismissal to pursue proper severance pay.

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