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Significant Layoffs at Digital Pinball Company Zen Studios

Here's some sad news, according to a report on a website called Game World Observer, Embracer Group - parent company of a number of software developers, has laid off 32 employees at Zen Pinball, which according to LinkedIn has only 80-something total employees.


Zen and its Pinball FX platform are the dominant players in the digital pinball industry. Zen did try to expand beyond the world of pinball with games like Circus Electrique last year. Perhaps this change will force the Company to refocus on its bread and butter - digital pinball.


Despite these layoffs, Zen has been fairly active on the pinball front lately, announcing a new partnership with AtGames for its new 4K digital pinball machine, launching a number of new tables for its Pinball FX platform and rolling out a new mature pinball platform called Pinball M.


Cryptic Studios and Zen Studios appear to be latest studios affected by Embracer Group’s restructuring




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Chris Raftis
Chris Raftis
Oct 18, 2023

Imagine that. You go from reasonably priced recreations in packs, to 15 bucks for a single table. Then, you release an updated version of your game with only minor enhancements and you invalidate everybody's older purchases of the same tables. If that wasn't enough, then you come up with a new monthly "game pass" pricing scheme that costs more than most TV streaming services each month. With all of this, you expect to thrive???

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Doug Ward
Doug Ward
Oct 17, 2023

Pinball fx graphics for the switch are bad .a waist of money so far.

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Oh shit, they're owned by Embracer Group? They've been shuttering a lot of studios lately after a giant investment fell through earlier this year.

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This would only make sense given how difficult it is to play one of their digital pinball games. Unlike Pinball Arcade their UI is a complete mess. Does anyone really know how it works?

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