Virgin Gaming closes Charlottetown office

Ryan Ross
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Virgin Gaming closed its office in Charlottetown. Company officials are seen here with Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson. Pictured from left to right, Bill Levy (President, Co- founder), Rob Segal (CEO), Sir Richard Branson and Zack Zeldin (VP Game Operations, Co-founder).

Islanders who were doing customer service work for Virgin Gaming are out of work after the company shut down its operations in Charlottetown last week.

In a statement from Innovation Minister Allen Roach, he said the company told department staff the closure was due to restructuring.

“Virgin Gaming indicated the closure was not a reflection of the performance of the Charlottetown location and spoke highly of the work carried out by their Island employees,” Roach said.

Virgin Gaming had support agreements with the provincial government through labour rebates and the Launchpad program.

As of the closure, the provincial government had paid Virgin Gaming about $40,000 as part of that support.

Virgin Gaming is a Toronto-based online service through which people can play video games head-to-head and in tournaments for real money.

The company is backed by businessman Richard Branson’s Virgin Brand.

When the provincial government announced Virgin Gaming’s expansion plans for P.E.I., it said it was looking to hire 35 customer service representatives.

In the statement from Roach, he said the closure affected four employees.

“We will be reaching out to them immediately in an effort to match them with employers in our ICT industry who are currently recruiting,” he said.

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Organizations: Virgin Gaming, ICT

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • way to go
    March 21, 2014 - 16:10

    As of the closure, the provincial government had paid Virgin Gaming about $40,000 as part of that support. Way to go Robert, Wes... you picked another winner to gamble on... with OUR money!

  • peter
    March 21, 2014 - 15:29

    Oh how nice, Roachy is going to 'immediately' try to find jobs for the four people, --- but to hell with the taxpayers from whom $ 40.000 have just been robbed, --- and that is probably not the whole amount either, if the truth was to be know. Let them just keep it up until we are totally destitute --- and by all means, vote them in again just to be sure --.

    • perfect
      March 21, 2014 - 20:02

      $40,000 would be a mere tip of the iceberg. They would have spent that much wining and dining them.

  • Fools Gold
    March 21, 2014 - 13:35

    The announcement of a company arriving is always so inflated and the departure is always no big deal. 35 jobs being created, but don't worry we are only losing 4 jobs. Four jobs that cost $40,000, I think almost any local business can create a short-term position if given $10,000 per job. Time for this department to re-think, or become more innovative, in its approach at creating employment. Has the minister of innovation ever worked at his own business? Has he had any personal success at creating jobs in the private sector before this posting?

    • WHy
      March 21, 2014 - 13:46

      Why is it even the government's job to create jobs? Is that not what the private sector is supposed to be good at. Perhaps we just have sub-standard small business people.

  • Fleeced
    March 21, 2014 - 11:22

    Another predictable outcome of one more government handout to businesses with big promises and meager accomplishments.