Kotaku AU's rumour report on 10 staff retrenchments at Australia's leading mobile developer has been met with a quick rebuttal from Firemint's community manager, Sam Mayo.
The rumour suggested that as much as 10 employees from Melbourne-based Firemint, mostly non-managerial roles such as artists as well as a producer, were let go on Thursday and Friday this week.
Kotaku reports of knowing of seven of these employees first-hand and puts the reasons for the retrenchments on the lower-than-expected sales of Firemint's most recent iPhone release, Spy Mouse, which Kotaku reports have fallen at times out of the top 100 charts in the most lucrative App store markets in the world such as the US, UK and Europe.
Sam Mayo made the following official response to Kotaku AU...
We have not fired ten people, SPY mouse is a very successful product which we’re continuing to support … December was very very good for us — Real Racing 2 HD sat in the #1 position in the top selling charts during the lucrative week from Christmas to New Years.