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Sony confirms UK layoffs

Sony confirms UK layoffs

Tue 25 Mar 2014 12:07pm GMT / 8:07am EDT / 5:07am PDT
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Undisclosed number cut from Evolution, Guerilla Cambridge and SCE London

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Sony is currently in the process of restructuring UK development outfits London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge Studio and Evolution Studio, with an undisclosed number of redundancies as a result.

"Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive business can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects," said Sony in a statement to Videogamer.

"As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current projects and have decided to make some changes to some of our European Studios. As a result of this, there will be a focused restructure within London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge Studio and Evolution Studio to ensure that the SCE WWS is in the best position to achieve their goals going forward.

"Our first party development studios are key to our creative strategy and we are very excited about the future projects being worked on."

Evolution Studios is currently the home of Driveclub for PlayStation 4, and previously created the MotorStorm franchise. Guerrilla Cambridge's last title was Killzone: Mercenary for PlayStation Vita, and SCE London Studio has been a prolific developer of titles for the EyeToy peripheral, the SingStar series and most recently created Wonderbook and The Playroom.

5 Comments

Nick Burcombe
CEO & Co Founder

53 16 0.3
What a shame. Sorry to hear it....again.

Posted:5 months ago

#1
war is peace, black is white, and layoffs are somehow good. What a world.... nothing but spin

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Todd Weidner on 25th March 2014 2:31pm

Posted:5 months ago

#2

Christian Keichel
Journalist

679 925 1.4
I find it worrying, that a platform holder, who published a new platform less then 6 months ago is downsizing the development capacities all over the world. Even more, when I take in consideration, that every new generation in the past lead to rising development costs and growing development teams.

Posted:5 months ago

#3

Leo Wakelin
QA Tester

24 4 0.2
As someone who's come from a Studio/DevHouse who has been under the Layoff Hammer I can confirm that lay offs are not always a bad thing -- that company was (and remains) very profitable, and the layoffs strengthened the business and made it more viable for the future both financially and creatively. Sometimes removing some heads from the payroll can allow for better focus and less stagnation. Just another viewpoint to consider.

Posted:5 months ago

#4

Jamie Read
Junior 3D Artist

127 64 0.5
^ From a business point of view, but may also deter potential employees through fear of job security. For the people involved it's almost always not a good thing.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jamie Read on 25th March 2014 7:56pm

Posted:5 months ago

#5

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