The Japanese mobile studio is said to be ending its operations in the West with studios closed in Melbourne, San Francisco and Berlin.
Venture Beat reports that a total of 125 jobs have been cut across the three studios as GREE looks to shut down its western operations. 50 of these have come from the closure of GREE Melbourne which MCV Pacific learned of Friday.
Venture Beat has sited an email sent to staff by Gree Internation CEO, Andrew Sheppard. It reads;
“We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has worked for or with Gree International since we founded operations there in 2011,” said Yoshikazu Tanaka founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Gree.
“We’re proud of the entertainment experiences we’ve launched in western markets, and look forward to the next chapter as we focus on publishing our most successful Japanese titles in the West.”
Amanda Taggart Hughes, MD PR firm Mercury Global Partners has also since stated that Sheppard will depart the company as well.
GREE Melbourne was originally founded as Twiitch by Steven Spagnolo and Shane Stevens before being purchased by GREE in late 2015.