Vivendi layoffs due to software slump

Cyberbiz brief

Vivendi Universal said Tuesday that it will eliminate close to 250 jobs through the reorganization of its Sierra Online software publishing arm.

Move is being seen as a way to eliminate poorly performing brands and includes the shuttering of Eugene, Ore.-based Dynamix, the game developer behind the “Tribes” series. Development of future “Tribes” titles and other Dynamix properties will be handled by Sierra.

In addition, Sierra Home, responsible for cooking, home design and publishing programs, will largely leave the software business to focus on print publications.

The Dynamix closure will eliminate 97 jobs, with an additional 148 posts to be cut at Sierra’s Bellevue, Wash., headquarters.

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