Agoura Hills-based THQ recently laid off "about 20 individuals" from its production and marketing departments, according to an internal, companywide memo from president Jason Rubin leaked by 3D Realms' George Broussard, reports The Verge.
According to the report, a THQ representative confirmed the cuts, and the authenticity of Rubin's email, in a statement to Polygon.
"Less than 3 percent of the company's global workforce" — just under 900 employees worldwide — "was impacted, and no development teams or projects were affected by this action," THQ said, according to the technology website.
The layoffs reflect the publisher's continuing shifting of resources toward development teams, said the site, as well as new distribution avenues, a focus for Rubin since his . The Verge reports that in his email to THQ staff, Rubin emphasized that the cuts were made for streamlining purposes, and that they should not affect the company's ability to ship games: "We do not anticipate the reduction to have any impact whatsoever on the titles in production or the future scale of our output."