Sega West Forced To Cut About 10% Of Total Staff
Sega hasn't exactly been rolling lately; they recently shut down their San Francisco studio Secret Level and now, they're forced to cut back once again.
Sega has confirmed that they've laid off 73 employees from their San Francisco and London offices "as part of a restructuring effort for its Western operations." These layoffs amount to about 10% of Sega West and a spokesman for the company said this reshuffling "reflects both the changing face of the global video games market and a need to improve efficiencies with the operation." The losses were about even for both studios in question; they hit the marketing and internal development divisions but on the flip side, Sega will be setting up a new digital-focused division. Their London staff will mostly "act as a hub for the traditional console and PC side of the business." The digital division will of course handle downloadable projects for the PSN and XBLA, plus titles for the iPhone and iPad. Ever since the economic tailspin back in 2008, Sega has suffered some major losses; this includes Sega Sammy cutting 560 jobs, or about 18% of its entire workforce.
But we're certainly hoping for a revival of sorts, and we're super psyched for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, the upcoming downloadable throwback that should satisfy old-school fans.
4/22/2010 8:58:37 PM John Shepard