CI Games has recently announced layoffs despite the fact the studio has had a profitable 2017. The company is re-establishing its own development efforts with a team of just 30 people. Their latest title, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, has sold more than one million copies since it launched in April 2017.
Polish developer CI Games has recently announced "strategic restructuring and refocusing of its internal development team". This means layoffs, and the fact the studio has had a profitable 2017 makes the decision that much more astonishing.
A statement by CI Games says that the company is re-establishing its own development efforts with a team of just 30 people and leveraging the extensive network of subcontractors in the further process of creating its upcoming, unannounced tactical shooter.
CEO Marek Tyminski said that the difficulties they faced during the development and launch of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 were major lessons for them. "We now believe in smaller and leaner development teams when it comes to succeeding in this very competitive industry".
The news came bundled up with an announcement that the developer's Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 that launched in April 2017, sold more than one million units.
"Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 was the biggest title we've ever developed and published, and despite a middling media reception upon release, we have continued to work hard to improve the game, and have managed to come out relatively successful with this title" added Mr Tyminski.
Tyminski commented, "With our own cash and the new financing from the bank of over 8 million Euro, we are well positioned for further growth."
The company plans to invest in and publish a broader range of games. According to the statement, CI Games will be expanding its work with 3rd party developers and using its own development and publishing experience to bring its games to the global market.
"We have been in the business for a long time, and being both publisher and developer we understand well the challenges we’ll face and the work we have to put in" added Tyminski.