Nintendo appears to be closing off two of its locations. Over the holiday weekend, Kotaku reported that the popular game manufacturer has closed offices in Redwood City, California and Toronto. Nintendo did not disclose exactly how many employees would be impacted by this decision, but Kotaku reports approximately 100 employees will be replaced.
“Nintendo of America headquarters are in Redmond, WA, and Vancouver, BC. We are moving more of our employees and operations into those headquarters and will be closing small satellite offices in Toronto, ON, and Redwood City, CA, over time,” a statement from Nintendo reads.
“Devon Pritchard, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Publisher Relations for Nintendo of America (NOA), will assume interim leadership of Sales, Marketing and Communications following the departure of Nick Chavez. Ms. Pritchard will oversee strategy and execution of sales, marketing and communications across the U.S. and Canada.”
The timing of these office closures is particularly odd considering that Nintendo recently rolled out Metroid Dread, one of its biggest games. Also, Nintendo recently released the OLED screen Nintendo Switch.