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David Jaffe leaves own studio for a fresh start

2/7/12 4:00pm

David Jaffe has barely had a moment to stop debating the Twisted Metal Online Pass and he already has a foot out the door. Apparently the Salt Lake City Tribune has broken news that David Jaffe will be leaving Eat Sleep Play and a number of employees have been laid off. The company stands at 26 employees (about 20% smaller) with co-founder Scott Campbell now at the helm. Part of the reason for the re-structuring is the studio is shifting its focus to mobile games on iOS. Scott Campbell had this to say,

“It’s a platform that is in our pockets almost 24/7. It’s kind of the size and types of games we’re playing… You can certainly reach a lot more people. That’s pretty exciting for us.”

Jaffe was reported to be leaving to also develop casual games, but come on, Jaffe hardly seems like the type to be satisfied with developing solely for the casual market. His decision to leave was propagated by the distance between himself and the studio (Eat Sleep Play is in SLC, Utah; Jaffe is in San Diego, CA), as well as a fondness for internal game development. In the future he will be creating a new company to develop "big, huge next gen game ideas” which include some "stuff in the browser space". Well you can play Bastion in a browser now, so maybe it isn’t as casual as we think. 

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