H1Z1 developer Daybreak Games hit by another round of layoffs

Daybreak Games Company, the studio behind battle royale game H1Z1 (opens in new tab) and online FPS Planetside 2 (opens in new tab), has laid off a significant number of employees.

The company did not specify how many staff were let go but its founder John Smedley, who no longer works at the developer, estimated on Twitter that 70 people had been laid off, representing nearly a third of the workforce. "70 people is a lot," he said in a tweet that has since been deleted, adding that he was "really, really angry" about the news.

In a statement to various outlets including Gamasutra (opens in new tab), Daybreak confirmed it had cut staff, and said it was "optimising our structure to ensure we best position ourselves for continued success in the years to come. 

"This effort has required us to make some changes within the organization and we are doing everything we can to support those impacted in this difficult time. As we look to improve efficiencies and realign resources, we remain focused on supporting our existing games and development of our future titles."

It follows a round of layoffs in April (opens in new tab), less than two months after H1Z1 went free-to-play, a shift which itself happened less than two weeks after it launched as a paid-for title.

The company's headquarter is in San Diego, California, but it has studios in Austin, Boston and South Korea. It was formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment.

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.