Roughly half of Australian studio Halfbrick has been made redundant, according to a CNET report.
According to multiple CNET sources, the Fruit Ninja studio's bosses made up to 30 staff members redundant on Monday.
Halfbrick was one of the first studios to see massive smartphone game success. Fruit Ninja, a game which saved the studio from oblivion, has been downloaded more than a billion times since its 2010 iPhone debut.
The studio struck gold again with Jetpack Joyride in 2011, but since then, Halfbrick appears to have struggled.
In 2015, its last remaining designers were made redundant, and this Kotaku feature from late 2016 painted a picture of studio in apparent freefall.
This morning, several local studios tweeted condolences to those affected by the layoffs:
We're sorry to hear about the redundancies @Halfbrick today. Hope all you ex-halfbrickers secure exciting new positions elsewhere and we wish the good ship Halfbrick all the very best. Break ups are always sad for everyone involved. 😢— The Tin Minions (@TinManGames) March 13, 2018
Sad news about Halfbrick today. Ex-Halfbrickers hit us up (DM's open) to chat pic.twitter.com/2lBJQUKNgM— SMG Studio (@smgstudio) March 13, 2018