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130 Jobs To Go In Nintendo Of Europe Reshuffle

Posted by Damien McFerran

Nintendo's Großostheim office closes

Nintendo of Europe is closing its Großostheim office in Germany and axing a smaller number of roles at its HQ in Frankfurt.

The move comes as part of a streamlining process which will allow the company to perform better in the European market in the future.

Nintendo of Europe has released a statement explaining the redundancies:

Nintendo of Europe has entered into a consultation process on a number of changes it is intending to make to its European business which, in the long term, will better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.

The measures include the consolidation of the current European headquarters in Großostheim (Germany) to Frankfurt (Germany), the closure of the warehouse and office in Großostheim, as well as outsourcing and reorganising some functions.

These intended measures have not been made lightly and have only been arrived at after thorough analysis and careful consideration. The intended measures will sadly have a direct effect on some of the employees based in the Großostheim and Frankfurt offices in Germany and would lead to the release of approximately 130 permanent employees.

Nintendo of Europe is committed to a fair consultation process with the local Works Council in Germany with the objective of providing clarity and support for all affected employees as soon as possible.

Our thoughts are with those effected by these redundancies.

[via gamesindustry.biz]

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User Comments (35)

zool

#1

zool said:

".....streamlining process which will allow the company to perform better in the European market in the future".

Why not sack even more staff from around the world and the company will perform 'even' better.

Yai

#3

Yai said:

Sounds more like they are trying to cut back on costs rather than streamlining it. I hope that the laid off employees get help finding a new position elsewhere :C

dizzy_boy

#4

dizzy_boy said:

I hope James Newton isn't one of the unlucky one's.
Shame that had to happen though.

Ryno

#6

Ryno said:

I feel sorry those who were in the video game industry. It is way to unstable.

KingCreezy

#7

KingCreezy said:

Sad to see. Hopefully those losing their jobs can transition somewhere quickly. My thoughts go out to those employees and their families who are affected.

unrandomsam

#9

unrandomsam said:

Hopefully they set up an actual development place instead using the same amount of staff.

Artwark

#13

Artwark said:

@Maelstrom True. Rare has already lost their talent because of stupid Microsoft on the way. Granted they are owned but I want Rare to be like Rare not something that claims to be innovative but rather mediocre.

MussakkuLaden

#14

MussakkuLaden said:

Wow, that marks the end of an era. Großostheim was practically synonymous with Nintendo of Europe for two decades. While the move is somewhat understandable (I don't mean the streamlining process as such, but the decision to centre it elsewhere, i.e. the decision against Großostheim as future HQ in Europe), I personally find it extremely sad to hear this. Nintendo of Europe without Großostheim will never be the same again.

Spooky

#15

Spooky said:

@MussakkuLaden You hit the nail on the head there, I really didn't see that coming! However it is understandable that changes had to be made :(

Starwolf_UK

#16

Starwolf_UK said:

Their other office in Frankfurt is pretty near (40km), in case any one compares this to when NOA marketing was moved to New York (from Redmond) and lost a lot of talent who didn't want to move halfway across the country (but could they gain new talent from that).

But given this is where the warehouses were, are they getting new ones in Frankfurt? They still need to store goods.

Tasuki

#18

Tasuki said:

My thoughts go out to those effected by this hardship. I hope they find something soon.

I hope @James isn't one of them.

MussakkuLaden

#19

MussakkuLaden said:

@Starwolf_UK Regarding your question about the warehouses, I assume the distribution process has been somewhat restructured, decentralised for quite a while. At this time it is no longer economical to carry all hard- and software (which is produced almost entirely outside of Europe) to Großostheim, and then to re-distribute it from there again. Also the fact that Nintendo set up a new location in Frankfurt quite some while ago, rather than expanding Großostheim, indicated that the significance of the latter was dwindling for quite a while.

TheWeird

#20

TheWeird said:

That's sad to hear, and it's always a shame when people lose their jobs.

However, not to belittle the situation at all, but if you are to be laid off, then lets say Germany offers the 'softest landing' of pretty much any country in Europe due to a generous welfare system and strong labour laws. My former employer, a German company, shut down an entire UK operation while keeping a less efficient German (really!) site open, simply because it was easier and cheaper to lay people off in the UK. Closing the site in Germany would have required consultation, retraining and redeployment of many employees who could not simply be 'let go'. Nintendo are definitely not doing this lightly, there must be sound business reasons for it.

Guybrush20X6

#21

Guybrush20X6 said:

Suprised Nintendo went so long without any big lay-offs. I recently read a story about why so many jobs are lost in the games industry and I hope these people can get some more jobs elsewhere.

DilMan33

#22

DilMan33 said:

Isn't this just another case of less staff needed, because more digital items are replacing physical products??

Knuckles

#25

Knuckles said:

I do hope there is an opened door waiting for @James should he need to return.
Best of luck to those who were laid off.

WanderingPB

#26

WanderingPB said:

Im honestly surprised they haven't fired anyone after reporting all their loses. Im glad Nintendo tried to hold out as long as they could but i truly hope everyone that lost their job finds another one soon.

Gerbwmu

#27

Gerbwmu said:

Sad to hear anyone lose their job. Good luck to those who are now looking for new employment.

Sceptic

#29

Sceptic said:

Somebody should tell Nintendo that a fish rots from the head down.

My thoughts to those laid off, but from the looks of things they're getting out while they're ahead.

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