May 22, 2022

Playful Studios is Making Big Cuts to its Full Time Staff

It’s been a tough week for gaming, with news of release dates being pushed back coming seemingly every other day.

Sadly there’s another bit of bad news. Word is that Playful Studio – creators of New Super Lucky’s Tale and Star Child – “significantly reduces” their full-time staff.

Big Dreams and Significant Risks

Founders Paul Bettner & Katy Drake Bettner recently posted a heartfelt message on the studio’s website. It reads;

“Since 2012, we have had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with some of the most talented developers in our industry, to create unique, beloved IP, and cherished original games. We’ve created and shipped multiple titles on a range of platforms to millions of players worldwide.

We are incredibly proud of the work our teams have accomplished along the way. 

During this time we have taken significant risks to grow our studio, we’ve dared to dream big, and we’ve worked hard to pursue these amazing opportunities together with our friends”.

They go on to say…

“Continued changes in the global video game marketplace require Playful to evolve its approach to the development and production of our current and future projects.

The studio will be pivoting to a more streamlined production model based on distributed game development and dynamic, project-based teams”.

Here’s Hoping for the Future

They finish by stating;

“As part of this transition in our operating model, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to significantly reduce our full-time staff, effective today.

We are truly heartbroken to be parting ways with many of our friends and colleagues. These are people who have poured their hearts into every game Playful has created, who have supported us and each other every step of the way, and have truly made this studio what it is today.

We will be working closely with each person affected by this transition to help them move forward.

With a few genuinely great games under its belt, it’s sad news indeed. Hopefully though, with its new streamlined approach, the studio goes on to create some amazing things.

I think we’re all in agreement too when I say that our thoughts are also with those feeling the brunt of the lay-offs. Here’s hoping they find a new home for their incredibly creative juices soon.


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