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PlayStation lays off 900 employees worldwide

Sony Interactive Entertainment President Jim Ryan has announced cuts to the PlayStation division that will affect offices around the world. It is reported that approximately 900 people will be laid off – this is 8% of the total staff.

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Jim Ryan wrote that the industry has changed a lot, so layoffs are inevitable. The distribution will include PlayStation offices in America, Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

These are incredibly talented people who have been part of our success, and we are very grateful for their contributions. However, the industry has undergone significant changes and we need to prepare businesses for what’s to come. We need to meet the expectations of developers and gamers and continue to push future technologies in games, so we’ve taken a step back to make sure we’re ready to continue delivering the best gaming experience to the community.

 

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The cuts will also take place in internal PlayStation studios. PlayStation London Studio will be closed completely – the team is known for the titles Blood & Truth, PlayStation VR Worlds, Wonderbook. In addition, a number of Firesprite Studio employees will be laid off.

 

Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games – these are the most successful internal PlayStation studios – will also be cut.

 

Previously, Microsoft Gaming announced large-scale layoffs, announcing parting with 1,900 employees from Xbox, ZeniMax and Activision Blizzard.

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