According to reports, Neowiz Games recently accepted voluntary resignation again through the whole company, which signified the second round of layoffs.
The first layoff was done about 2 months ago and about 20% of employees left. Tens of millions of dollars were invested into the Bless development team, forming a new studio call Neowiz Bless some time back.
The layoffs reportedly did not affect any members of the team, as Neowiz seeks to focus on quality games rather than quantity. Neowiz Bless last had a headcount of around 150 staff working on the Unreal Engine 3 game.
Once the fiercest competitor of Nexon and NCsoft in South Korea, things started going wry after the former 2 joined at the hips after Nexon’s investment. FIFA Online 3, the sequel to Neowiz’s top earner, FIFA Online 2, was signed to Nexon.
FIFA Online 2 will also be closing next month, thus depleting Neowiz Games of any significant titles. It’s 2nd earner, CrossFire, is apparently affected by dropping sales in China (under Tencent) as well despite 1 of China’s top online games. CrossFire is not a seller in its native Korea.