Sony is Laying Off 900 PlayStation Workers Across all SIE Regions

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Sony Interactive Entertainment is reducing its headcount by 8 per cent, amounting to around 900 employees. The layoffs will affect employees in Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games and some other studios.

We have made the extremely hard decision to announce our plan to commence a reduction of our overall headcount globally by about 8% or about 900 people, subject to local law and consultation processes,” outgoing SIE president and CEO Jim Ryan announced in a blog post.Employees across the globe, including our studios, are impacted.”

The layoffs will affect employees in all SIE regions, including the Americas, Europe, Africa (EMEA), the Middle East, Japan, and the Asia Pacific (APAC). The PlayStation London Studio will shut down completely, while technology, creative and support teams will be affected, according to the head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst. As part of the job cut, Twisted Metal, a live-service game being developed by UK-based studio Firesprite is cancelled, and employees from the studio will also be affected, says Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.

About the layoff, Ryan says discussions were held “over the past few months about the evolving economic landscape, changes in the way we develop, distribute, and launch products, and ensuring our organization is future ready in this rapidly changing industry.” Despite the workforce reduction, he promised that the goal for Sony is to “streamline our resources to ensure our continued success and ability to deliver experiences gamers and creators have come to expect from us.”

PlayStation Studios will continue to be a creator-led organization driven by evolving our beloved franchises and bringing new gameplay experiences of the highest quality to our fans,” Hulst added in a separate blog post.

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