SOE Lay-off 4% Of Its Staff

Yesterday we brought you news from Rockstar and Ready at Dawn regarding staff lay-offs.  We thought that as weeks go, this one hasn’t been so great but unfortunately it just got even worse as DC Universe Online developer and publisher – Sony Online Entertainment – has announced a four percent cull of its full time workforce.

The studio’s official statement confirmed that it has “eliminated just over 4% of its full-time workforce”, which totals at 35 people.


“In a move to better align the company’s resources against areas of growth that meet consumer demand in today’s online market as well as improve operational efficiency, Sony Online Entertainment has eliminated just over 4% of its full-time workforce, equalling 35 people. The changes will better position SOE to deliver against its emphasis on developing games for a wider, more diverse audience and remaining a worldwide leader in online gaming.”

Thank Goodness it’s Friday eh?

Source: Joystiq



  1. Glad the industry I work in always has a strong customer base!

    • Drug lord? Undertaker? Paris Hilton’s personal waxer?

    • Milkman?

      • milkmen are slowly becoming extinct, treat them with respect!

  2. Sometimes I wish companies would simply say “times are tough. We can’t make ends meet and have had to get rid of some staff”. Instead of the usual “fiscal alignment with a forward-looking synergy to… what the hell am I talking about?” bollocks! :-)

    • Yup

      Its wishy washy thinking which had the world sleep walking into the banking problems.

      credit crunch not recession, quantitative easing not printing money

      The sooner the people in charge grow a pair and call a spade a spade the sooner we can all get on with getting on.

      • Yeah. I hate the way they try to spin these things.

        “developing games for a wider, more diverse audience and remaining a worldwide leader in online gaming” and we’ll believe they’ll do that better by having less people? How stupid do they really think we are?

  3. Is it just me or does ‘eliminated’ sound a bit harsh?

    • They put the 4% of workers to the wall and shot them.

    • I thought that too – they might as well have said Arnie came and Terminated them.

    • I thought the same thing.

  4. that’s probably the exact same number of staff as they have working on the ps3 version of free realms.

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