UPDATE: Sony Online Suffers from Massive Layoffs
News first came from, and you should know this by now, Twitter. George Broussard, the president of 3D Realms, was found tweeting that “[Sony Online Entertainment] Seattle and other studios (Denver is rumored) will be closed tomorrow.” For those of you still asking who this guy is, he’s probably known (or better yet, infamously known) for being the co-creator of Duke Nukem Forever, that one game that refuses to keep being released on time.
No official word has come out of Sony about the closures, or what they may be about. However, according to a short entry by Kotaku, “a source familiar with the matter” has confirmed that the affected studios are located in Seattle, Tucson, and Denver. The numbers estimated to be affected are about one-third of SOE’s entire workforce before the huge cuts.
These layoffs could have something to do with the sudden postponement of the Playstation Rewards Program, announced late last year in October. Late yesterday eve, news began to circulate that the rewards program for diehard Playstation fans were either permanently canned, or simply just delayed for that lovely “indefinite” amount of time.
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Approximately 205 jobs have been lost due to Sony’s “reorganization” of its company. Offices in Denver, Seattle, and Tucson have officially been confirmed to be closing.
SOE released a statement to IGN:
As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and close its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios. As part of this restructuring, SOE is discontinuing production of The Agency so it can focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties, while also maintaining its current portfolio of online games.
Sony went on to say that none of these cuts will affect current games.
Read the full statement here.