Japanese mobile company Gree is ending its operations in the West, at the expense of three studios and 125 jobs.

Gree is closing its offices in San Francisco, Melbourne, and Berlin in order to focus on a Japan-first strategy, wherein all games are launched in Japan, and those that are successful there are then localised and distributed to other markets.

The closures come after a string of tough years for Gree; the company saw its first quarter of growth since 2013 at the start of this year.

According to Kotaku, about 50 Gree employees were made redundant with the Gree Melbourne studio closure.

The Melbourne studio opened in 2015 after Gree acquired Twiitch, an Aussie mobile developer founded in 2010 by Shane Stevens and Steven Spagnolo.

It was featured in an episode of Australian TV show Good Game last year:

Gree will continue to support games released in the West including DragonSoul, Knights & Dragons, Modern War, Crime City and Kingdom Age.

"We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has worked for or with Gree International since we founded operations there in 2011," said Gree founder Yoshikazu Tanaka founder.

"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."

Gree started as a social networking service in 2004, and eventually expanded into mobile gaming.

The name Gree comes from the Six Degrees of Separation hypothesis postulated by social psychologist Stanley Milgram in 1967.