Toys for Bob, Developer of Crash and Spyro, Allegedly Faces Significant Layoffs
Recent reports suggest that Toys for Bob, renowned for its work on Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon revivals, has been significantly impacted by Microsoft’s layoffs, potentially losing up to 40 percent of its staff. This development comes on the heels of Microsoft’s acquisition of Toys for Bob’s parent company, Activision Blizzard, in a nearly $70 billion deal.
Despite its notable contributions to the Crash and Spyro franchises, Toys for Bob shifted its focus to the Call of Duty series after the release of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. The exception was the live service Crash Team Rumble, which received mixed reviews.
With the reported downsizing of the company, uncertainties arise regarding its future and the continued development of Crash Team Rumble. If accurate, the loss of approximately 35 staff members (around 40 percent of its workforce) raises questions about Toys for Bob’s role in Microsoft’s future strategy.
Tom Henderson from Insider Gaming and Crash and Spyro YouTuber Canadian Guy Eh report the figure of 35 layoffs, and numerous developers have shared their job losses on social media. Overall, Microsoft’s layoffs are expected to impact 1,900 employees across its various gaming studios, constituting around 8.6 percent of the 22,000-strong workforce. This round of layoffs comes almost exactly one year after the previous Microsoft job cuts, which affected Bethesda, 343 Industries, and others, resulting in around 10,000 job losses across Microsoft as a whole.
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