Nexon has shut down its development studio in Orange County. Several former employees took to Twitter recently to announce their availability, and the company said in a statement to VentureBeat that the “projects in development there no longer fit with our focus on core creative competencies.”

Nexon went on to say that “All permanent employees impacted by this decision will receive severance and outplacement assistance.” In the meantime, several OC-based game developers offered their support and linked to their careers pages. Game Job Hunter compiled many of those into a listing that included over 400 positions at 17 companies.

It’s been a bit rough for Nexon over the past 12 months. Last year, the company closed down a pair of studios in California, and back in May, it shut down MapleStory 2 after just a year and a half of operation.

But perhaps Nexon’s cutting back on its North American operations shouldn’t be that surprising. According to its last financial statement, Nexon gets just 5% of its revenue from North America and Europe. The company would clearly like to expand and have a greater presence in the West, but it’s likely going to take a lot of time, patience, and money to make it happen.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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