Nintendo has closed its offices in California and Toronto, according to a new report from Kotaku and confirmed by The Verge.
The closure of the Redwood City, California office will affect approximately 100 employees in Nintendo’s sales and marketing department, as well as the NMI, which is “a dedicated merchandising field service team that works with retail stores across the country.” Kotaku’s article states: “Many of the now evicted employees were upset about the decision.”
Nintendo has confirmed the closings in a statement to The Verge. Here is the full length statement:
Devon Pritchard, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Publisher Relations at Nintendo of America (NOA), will take over the interim management of sales, marketing and communications after Nick Chavez has left. Ms. Pritchard will oversee the strategy and execution of sales, marketing and communications in the United States and Canada
We do not yet know how many jobs in total are actually affected. From what we learned in the statement above, many roles are shifting to Nintendo of America and Canada headquarters. With the advent of hybrid and remote work solutions, office closure doesn’t have to mean job loss. The possibility of moving also seems to be on the table for some.
With the Redwood site allegedly closed, Nintendo’s only West Coast offices in Washington state remain, where its headquarters and distribution center are located.
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