Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has responded to some rumours that were flying around yesterday that there had been staff reductions to some of their operations. TSA contacted the publisher and has received the following response.
As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This strategic alignment of resources better positions SOE to remain a global leader in online games, as well as to align development resources towards our current portfolio of MMOs and the highly-anticipated future installments of the EverQuest franchise, EverQuest Next Landmark and EverQuest Next.
It’s never great to hear about job layoffs, but it’s understandable as Sony made a global loss in the gaming sector of $149 million during Q1 of 2013, though much of that was due to investment in the PS4. SOE did decline to comment on the exact numbers of staff laid off.
We at TSA wish those affected the best of luck with finding employment elsewhere.
Source: SOE Statement