On June 17, media reports said ByteDance had disbanded its Shanghai 101 game studio, with half of its 300-strong staff leaving this week. Bytedance has indeed disbanded its Shanghai 101 game studio, starting a month ago, with the laid-off workers receiving N+1 compensation, jiemian news has learned from sources familiar with the matter.
It is understood that Bytedance's game business has been undergoing frequent adjustments recently. In addition to the Shanghai 101 game studio, many other projects are being cut or integrated. A partner said that in the second half of this year, there is only one game expected to cooperate with The Company, and its product line should encounter problems.
In 2019, Bytedance acquired Shanghai Mokung, a subsidiary of Sanqi Interactive Entertainment, and established 101 Game Studio. Before being acquired, Shanghai Mokung had on-line "Invincible" "Decisive Victory wulin" and other game works. Among them, "Peerless" in the online month continued to stabilize the top ten sales position.
The 101 game studio was once seen as a key move by ByteDance into the gaming space, which is trying to follow Tencent into mobile games after owning two short video platforms, Douyin and TikTok. In February, it was announced that Asahi Lightyear was planning to develop a two-dimension 3D open world game similar to The Original God, with 101 Game Studio in charge and recruiting for related positions. An interface news search revealed that most 101 game studio job postings had been removed.
Bytedance's decision to cut its game team was partly influenced by the tightening of its license numbers. Since August 2021, the game has been suspended for more than seven months. Affected by the suspension of the distribution, many game companies can not be listed, a large number of domestic game development teams, studios and even individual developers are also affected by this.
Jiemian.com asked Bytedance about the cancellation and adjustment of 101 Game Studio. As of press time, there is no official reply.