Exclusive: 6waves Lolapps cuts development staff, focuses exclusively on publishing

6waves Lolapps — the developer sometimes known as 6L — laid off all of its development staff today, Inside Social Games can confirm. The company is now focused entirely on games publishing.

“6waves Lolapps will now focus on working with independent developers to launch and grow their mobile and social games,” CEO Rex Ng said in a statement. “As a result we have restructured the company to focus on key functions which include developer outreach, product advisory, user growth initiatives and our publishing platform. The re-structuring means that we will have more resources to continue our leadership in the social and mobile game publishing space.”

6waves Lolapps came into being eight months ago with a merger between Ravenwood Fair developer Lolapps and Facebook game publisher 6waves. Shortly after, the company secured $35 million in funding from Nexon and Insight Venture Partners, expanded into mobile publishing and acquired Smartron5 and Escalation Studios to beef up development in China and on mobile platforms.

It is unclear what will happen to Smartron5, Escalation Studios and the Ravenwood franchise at this time. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: A 6waves Lolapps spokesperson tells us that the Ravenwood franchise will continue to operate under an external team. Smartron5 and Escalation Studios will also continue to operate on China-based games and mobile games, respectively.

An additional source with knowledge of the Ravenwood franchise says that two of Lolapps’ founders — Brian Rue and Kavin Stewart — and former Lolapps CEO Arjun Sethi will continue to fund the upcoming Ravenshire Castle “to the finish,” which is likely to be three or four months from now.

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