Today Nintendo of Europe announced that it is closing its office in Großostheim, Germany in order to consolidate all of its operations to Frankfurt. Not all the jobs being lost are from the Großostheim office however, as some of the redundancies are from the Frankfurt office. Nintendo of Europe’s statement on the matter says this restructuring will better benefit its European business to adapt to the rapidly changing environment.
Nintendo of Europe has entered into a consultation process on a number of changes it is intending to make to its European business which, in the long term, will better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment. The measures include the consolidation of the current European headquarters in Großostheim (Germany) to Frankfurt (Germany), the closure of the warehouse and office in Großostheim, as well as outsourcing and reorganising some functions.
These intended measures have not been made lightly and have only been arrived at after thorough analysis and careful consideration. The intended measures will sadly have a direct effect on some of the employees based in the Großostheim and Frankfurt offices in Germany and would lead to the release of approximately 130 permanent employees.
Nintendo of Europe is committed to a fair consultation process with the local Works Council in Germany with the objective of providing clarity and support for all affected employees as soon as possible.
This is not the first time a division of Nintendo has undergone some type of restructuring and Nintendo of Europe is one of the hardest hit divisions among the company as European sales for Nintendo games continue to be tepid.