Games company lays off 250 employees amid lawsuits

SEATTLE (AP) — A games company based in Seattle says it is laying off 250 employees. The Seattle Times reports Big Fish Games told staffers in a memo on Tuesday that the move was being made from a position of “financial strength.” The memo makes no mention of a Monday court ruling that granted preliminary approval for $155 million in financial settlements from two lawsuits filed against the company since 2015. The lawsuits allege that the company’s free-to-play Big Fish Casino game violated Washington state gambling laws because it forced players to make in-app purchases in order to continue playing. Online gambling is illegal in Washington.