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Game publisher Big Fish announced plans yesterday to close its Vancouver studio and let go 49 staff in Seattle as well as instigate a company-wide reshuffle.

The company also announced that they are looking at closing the Cork studio, having entered as a “30-day consultation with employees.” Big Fish have more than 80 staff in Cork, and announced plans last year to launch a research and development hub with IDA support.

The developer is now looking to streamline and focus on just four languages: English, French, German and Japanese.

The letter from Paul Thelen, CEO and Founder of Big Fish also announced senior management refocus - with managers reporting direct to Thelen for ‘greater focus’.

Read the full statement over at