Just a week after the Finnish game maker and animation studio announced its profit warning, the company has now announced that its head of games, Wilhelm Taht, will be leaving effective immediately, reports Reuters. For now, it doesn’t appear that Taht’s departure and Rovio’s profit warning are linked, with Rovio saying Taht is leaving for personal reasons. Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta will assume Taht’s responsibilities for the time being. After Rovio issued its profit warning last week, shares in the company, which is traded on the Helsinki stock market, dropped 50%.
Rovio has also announced that it will close its London office, a game development studio, and lay off its seven staff there, reports Business Insider. The studio was opened only a year ago with the aim of developing new titles. Instead, Rovio now says it will focus on its existing brands, including Angry Birds.