Hi5 lays off 28 staff

Social gaming site Hi5 has confirmed to TechCrunch that it has reduced its headcount by 28, saying improvements to its infrastructure meant the company needed fewer staff.

In a statement, Alex St John, president and CTO of the San Francisco company, explained: "As we have recently turned the corner on our technology migration efforts we have been able to significantly reduce the number of positions required to support the older Hi5 site, and are in the process of reorganising the company to focus entirely on the development and deployment of our next-generation social play site.

"The departing folks were very talented and we hated to let them go but our business is changing rapidly now. We hope that other great companies in this area snap them up quickly."