Changes are afoot within the walls of Sony's renowned Worldwide Studios. What does it all mean? Is this change really for the better?
People forget to mention BioShock studio Irrational Games recently closed as-well.
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Like I mentioned in another similar post. Before people start raising alarms, they need to understand that maybe Sony has very good reasons to let go of certain people based on poor performances (like Stig Asmussen that spent close to $100 million rebooting a game over and over that just wasnt turning into anything good). Sony is a global company that has been in the videogame industry for over 20 years. i think its safe to say Sony knows what they are doing.
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I'm getting a kick out of these damage control spam blog sites posting these asinine articles. This isn't good for Sony when folks are trying to fool consumers, it just makes things worse. Non deluded people see the selling of property, staff being laid off and cray losses as an issue(investors will be jumping ship soon and could even affect gaming in a short while when it comes to devs and partners looking at Sony's platform). Folks can spin it the way they wan't if it makes them feel better.
Is there a way to completely ban morepoweroftroll from commenting at all ever? This child has nothing to add to any article that he ever enters, he sends abusive pms to people because he has no rebuttals for any debate just insults and somehow he still gets the ability to comment. More people should mark him down as trolling so all his comments get hidden. Even if you are a fan of xbox do the right thing and get rid of trash like this guy. OT there is nothing wrong with Sony it just seems they are reshuffling and getting new people in, as the recent recruitment ads would suggest. If they where just firing people because they can't afford them they would not be looking to hire more people. The main thing a lot of the comments seems to leave out is a good chunk of these employees have left of free will to bigger or better things in their eyes. I myself would be worried if they where just firing loads of people and none where just leaving their jobs and Sony wasn't hiring any more people but that isn't true, so just feel there is nothing to worry about.
@green Oh yes, all those investors will be jumping ship from the biggest console maker, jumping ship from the one of the biggest franchises in the last 20 years, jumping ship from the no 1 best selling console this gen. Whatever dude...... Lol
@ PowerofGreen Great assumptions you have there; I wonder how you could have possibly led yourself to those conclusions? What internal force leads you to adopt such a persistent anti-Sony stance? I get a kick out of how hard you work on being an anti-Sony troll! Keep it up!
@Flutterby no pleas leave him alone, salty comments from those like him are part of the fun I miss JokesOnYou
As I mentioned in a similar post(again), a work colleague of mine worked for a high profile developer based in the UK about 10 years ago, he says that movement with-in the industry is a everyday occurrence as studios finish projects or people just move on to further their career, he only left because my company offered him a wage he could not refuse. Like I said earlier, fanboys on here like to make mountains out of molehills.
Its not about movement in the industry according to 'insiders' its because they messed up their projects, which is damn shame and not an everyday occurrence. It would be nice to be able to play a finished driveclub by now or have the security of same talent working on future uncharted titles. I do believe that this is a side affect of having many ip's and willingness to take risks with new and existing ip. Sony is known for giving developers free reign and taking risks with their games which in some cases might backfire.
It all seems very normal to me, a new generation just started they are earning Huge amounts of money. So they decided to redo parts of their company to work better.Fire people who hold you back and hire fresh thinking new people.
D A M A G E C O N T R O L . Sorta
I am relaxed, what's to worry about? The PS4 are doing well, massive AAA games are in the works. Multiplats are superior. Also innovation are yet again in progress. So what's not happening to be concerned about?
You may be relaxed (which is great), but damn there are some out there thinking this is the beginning of the end!
They were just looking for a reason anyway, though.
@Dude The media loves blowing these kind of things out of proportion. I mean yeah its bad but its not the end like the bottomless pit portions of the media and certain fansbases wants you to believe. I pray for the ones who lost their jobs but they will find work easily considering this is their profession and careers. With that said it looks bad now but wait till E3 and the heavy hitters will get dropped and we will forget about all this.
I think they're undergoing Massive restructuring over all sony divisions not just SCE..
I highly doubt that Sony will close their Playstation brand. Seeing as how it is the most successful new console out on the market. Everyone needs to pump the brakes on the "PLAYSTATION IS DOOMED" Bandwagon. It is too early to blow that whistle on any console for that matter.
$1.1 billion loss last year is why people are getting fired. Same reason why 5000 people lost their jobs at the Sony stores, PC division, TV division and now people are getting fired at the Playstation division.
I don't know about the numbers, but you are correct. This is all part of the continued effort to get back to profitability. Kaz has taken some heat because he promised that this would happen. So, drastic decisions had to be made. Cutting the PC division, reworking how they approach the TV and camera market, ridding themselves of the costly overhead for buildings that are more relics of the past Sony than a functional part of the current business...all done to get back into the black. The Playstation division was probably saved until after the PS4 launch, so as not to scare too many overly anxious people away. Plus, it was actually one of the areas that was doing okay. In the end, it was stubborn business decisions that got them into this mess and it's going to have to be firm business decisions that will get them out. It sucks for employees. But, it's STILL business and that's not personal.
Ps4 on the top as I write this, why the layoffs? They should have priced the ps4 at $500 and save a lot of jobs. The layoffs are a consequence of that. Clearly.
Looks like the Xbox Ones price bothers you. The PS4s price is just fine and the sales prove it.
Unfortunately, the Playstation division alone cannot save Sony. If that was the case, it would have done so already. It's part of the BIGGER picture that is the entire business. Pricing at $500 would have pretty much been industry suicide. The layoffs had NOTHING to do with the PS4 and everything to do with Sony losing money trying to salvage their sinking PC division, trying to stay in the television market without adapting to lesser priced competition, an unstable worldwide economy, and initial losses on the PS3. With the ongoing restructuring, they are positioning themselves to actually make a profit.
I see you're back with your psychotic delusions.
It's certainly not changing for the better considering a lot of the good talent are the ones leaving.
Denial, denial and damage control everywhere.
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