Netease Tech, 3/03/10
Dong Rongjie, VP and GM of the games business division at Chinese gaming portal and browser game operator Duowan, has confirmed that strategic adjustments to Duowan's games business division had led to 12 layoffs, accounting for around 10% of employees, on March 2. Dong said that the company's games division, which currently focuses on browser game development and operation, is attempting a transition to a model that will offer game development companies a range of value-added services, relieving Duowan of the burden of game development and operation. Following the layoffs, Duowan plans to bring on new hires, expanding its team to a planned 150-200 employees by the end of the year, roughly doubling the current 90.
Editor's Note: In response to reports of layoffs, Duowan founder Li Xueling noted that of the 12 employees to depart, 10 are interns, and that the departures do not amount to large-scale layoffs.