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Roblox China affected by layoffs

Company says actions are specific to "unique business and operational needs"

Roblox China has been hit with layoffs, affecting employees at its headquarters in Shenzhen and teams working in the US.

A spokesperson confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that 15 people were let go due to an "evaluation of the operational structure" of the company, also known as LuoBu.

"Those employees whose roles were impacted have been informed," the spokesperson said. "These actions are specific to LuoBu and its unique business and operational needs. No other teams within LuoBu or Roblox are impacted."

They added: "[It] remains committed to our long term vision and plan for the LuoBu platform in China."

Roblox China launched in 2020, following a joint venture with Tencent in 2019 to create an educational version of the game.

Seven months after launch, the LuoBuLesi app was taken down due to a "number of important transitory actions" with plans to rebuild it.

Last month, Roblox laid off 30 employees working in talent acquisition due to "adjusted hiring needs."

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Sophie McEvoy is a Staff Writer at GamesIndustry.biz. She is based in Hampshire and has been a gaming & entertainment journalist since 2018.