Strong sales of the videogame The Beatles: Rock Band haven’t translated into job security at Harmonix Music Systems Inc., the Cambridge software company that created the game.
Harmonix yesterday let go 39 employees, about 13 percent of its workforce. Most of the laid-off workers were assigned to the company’s quality assurance or QA department, which conducts intensive testing of games before they’re released. The Beatles game went on sale in September.
“Harmonix staffed up its QA department and support positions based on the 2009 worldwide release schedule,” said a statement issued by the company. “At this time, Harmonix will shift to a combination of temporary/part time help, outsourcing and support from external partners, which is in line with how other game developers manage their QA departments.”
Bummer, I know someone that was affected by this :-(