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.