Big Download has learned through several unnamed but reliable sources that Austin, Texas based game publisher Aspyr Media
has laid off a large amount of its team members a couple of weeks ago. One of our sources estimated that over 50 percent of the workers were let go with only a handful of team members now remaining in the offices.
Aspyr Media began in 1996 as a major Mac game developer and publisher but has expanded over the years to include PC and console titles. This year it released several PC games including a number of titles from Russia-based 1C Company
. Last month the publisher released Star Wars The Force Unleashed Ultimate Edition
for the PC to retail stores and Dreamkiller
as a Steam download exclusive. Most recently the company was responsible for the Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network port of the original Call of Duty
game. Big Download has both emailed and called Aspyr Media to get any official comments on their current situation.