Bandai Namco Entertainment America will close its office in Santa Clara in Northern California, VentureBeat reports. The North American headquarters of the Japanese game company will open up a new office in Southern California, closer to the offices of parent company Bandai Namco Holdings USA in El Segundo and Anaheim.
Employees at the company have until the end of May to decide whether they want to move south or leave the company, with the transition expected to be complete by April 2022. Employees have the option of flexible or remote work until then, but come April everyone working at the company will have to be present in Southern California. According to sources cited by VentureBeat, employees have been told that full time remote work is not an option.
VentureBeat’s sources said that employees were taken by surprise by the announcement and many are upset by it, with some viewing the move as no different to a layoff.