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Nintendo of Europe laying off 320 employees by month’s end

Posted on August 29, 2014 AT 01:15pm

Three hundred and twenty employees of Nintendo of Europe, including 130 full-timers, will lose their jobs come August 31, Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku today.

The other 190 jobs come from a Germany-based localization company that Nintendo used via a leasing agency. The testing and localization done by this staff will now be outsourced.

The release of the 130 full-timers was originally announced back in June, but the increase in number remains surprising.

“As a separate measure, Nintendo of Europe is reorganizing its European Localization Development (ELD) department, where it currently uses a number of temporary agency workers in translation and testing activities, in order to increase flexibility and cost-efficiency in the long-term,” reads the statement issued to Kotaku.

This all comes a year after Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata had spoken out against layoffs at Nintendo in order to keep up company morale, but it seems the Big N needs the short-term cash more at this time.

Source: Kotaku

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