I know a lot of you have heard about the massive layoffs from KingsIsle and some of you were very confused. What is "lay off"? It means that the company cannot afford to keep the employees or had to let them go to refocus their efforts on other projects. It is NOT a bad thing. It is a SAD thing though. Nobody likes losing their jobs. KingsIsle would NOT lay off employees unless they had to. So I'm telling you that please do not blame anyone. Things happen and they stink. But it had to happen. It's very very different than fired. Fired means someone did something wrong and got let go. The employees today did NOT do anything wrong. They are innocent. Please give them some respect.
Please when you have a chance, tell KI's Former Employees as well as KingsIsle the company themselves, positive messages as well as using the hashtag #StayStrongKI for ALL employees, former and current. We need to rally together and stay strong together. This is the day to offer support. It's NOT the time to tear people down.
"To verify, many talented employees were released as part of a reduction in force today at KingsIsle Entertainment, and we wish them the best. This coincides with a couple of unreleased mobile games being cancelled. The strategy is to refocus our efforts on our MMO games and polish our more promising mobile projects, many of which are still slated for a 2016 release. Fans of our MMOs should know that Pirate101 is soon to receive an update and will be going to Test Realm most likely next week. Wizard101 has new content updates in the works for both Summer and Fall 2016. " - KingsIsle, reprinted with permission
If you were worried or upset about the upheaval today and if it is going to affect Wizard101 and/or Pirate101, let the above quote let you rest easy. They will not introduce more new mobile games this year. Instead they will refocus on the MMOs we love, Pirate101 and Wizard101. This means they will be able to make the games' updates more frequent I hope and give us more content in-game. This is a GOOD thing.
As for Pirate101, we should expect to see Test Realm next week. That should make you excited. I know it did me! And for Wizard101, we will see updates for it in the Summer and Fall. Again, a GOOD thing.
It is sad that we have to say goodbye to those wonderful employees we have come to know through the years such as Leala Turkey, the Community Manager of Pirate101 and Wizard101 and the fabulous #JuliaFromKI and many more. I wish them all good luck and I hope that wherever they land, it's gonna be a great place.
A Sad Day At KingsIsle Reviewed by The Fabulous K on Thursday, May 12, 2016 Rating: