Lou Fasulo
Lou Fasulo

Z2, the Seattle mobile game maker behind titles such as Battle Nations; Metalstorm and Nitro, has laid off an undisclosed number of staffers in its quality assurance; localization and customer support groups. A combination of full-time and contractors lost their jobs as part of the changes.

“We have pushed out the anticipated launch windows of the new titles and anticipate a reduced need for these services over the near-to-midterm,” said CEO Lou Fasulo in an email to GeekWire.

Fasulo, who took over the CEO post at the company in July 2012, said they continue to support core franchises and that two ambitious new games will be launched this year. The company also has a number of prototype projects in the works.

It’s unclear how many people lost their jobs in the shakeup. Last Spring, the company — backed by Madrona Venture Group, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and others — employed more than 150 people.


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  • Mark MacKay

    Are layoffs like this simply the cost of doing business in startups and the tech world? After how many layoffs or staff adjustments do tech workers begin to wonder why they didn’t make the cut – cult of personality, performance, a vague bottom line? After several layoff cycles does the idea of a union for tech workers sound like an interesting way to be respected for their contributions and included in a conversation about their professional future?

  • Dickhead

    if you are an ex-Z2 BN staff member involved in programming…contact me.

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