Vostu confirms layoffs, will be consolidating operations at Buenos Aires HQ

Latin american developer Vostu has confirmed TechCrunch’s report that it is laying off a number of employees. The company will now be consolidating operations in its new Buenos Aires headquarters. According to a Vostu spokesperson, the company will be releasing two games next month and the layoffs will not affect the company’s future release schedule.

Vostu’s full statement on the matter was:

Vostu grew a significant amount in the last 18 months and is constantly focused on improving efficiency for future growth which includes select and strategic hiring. We are consolidating our game design and development at our new headquarters in Buenos Aires.

While Vostu did not reveal the scope of the layoffs, it did tell us it will be maintaining its offices in Sao Paulo and New York. Last year, Business Insider reported the company had more than 580 employees spread between Brazil, Argentina and New York.

Vostu did not comment on the reason for the layoffs. In December, Vostu settled a copyright infringement lawsuit Zynga had filed against it earlier in the year. Under the terms of the deal, Vostu had to pay Zynga an undisclosed amount in compensation and agreed to make changes to four of its games.

Despite the lawsuit and settlement, Vostu has been busy in recent months, rolling out in-game radio and real-time multiplayer to its social games on Facebook and Orkut and launching four mobile games on iOS and Android. The company has also been growing its Facebook presence, adding more than a million monthly active users in the last 30 days and increasing its total on the platform to 3.5 million MAU according to our traffic tracking service AppData. Vostu’s two most recent titles, Candy Dash and World Mysteries are now its most popular Facebook games.

According to a December interview with Vostu’s chief scientist Mario Schlosser the company has between 18 and 20 million MAU spread across Orkut, Facebook, Google+ and its own platform.