Activision has confirmed the closure of its US-based studio, Budcat Creations.
In a statement issued yesterday the company said: “We continue to streamline our music development resources to ensure that they are aligned against our slate and strategic goals. As a result, we are implementing a targeted reduction in jobs in our Quality Assurance team in California and closing our Budcat studio in Iowa.”
Budcat was bought by Activision in 2008 and has since worked on PS2 and Wii versions of the Guitar Hero series for the publisher.
“Approximately 88 positions, or approximately one per cent of our global workforce, will be impacted by these reductions,” said Activision. “We are working to redirect those employees that are impacted to other parts of the company where possible, as well as offering them outplacement counseling services.”
The news coincides with rumours that Activision is considering the sale or closure of its UK-based studio, Bizarre Creations.