NCsoft Seattle cuts employees in “realignment”

Just ahead of the holidays, NCsoft has axed a number of employees

NCsoft's Seattle office has laid off an undisclosed number of employees and contract positions, according to a report by PC Gamer. The site was notified about the layoffs by an anonymous source and later received confirmation of the news from NCsoft public relations director Lincoln Davis.

“NCsoft is realigning internal publishing resources to better suit the needs of our game development studios,” he told PC Gamer. “As a result of the realignment, several employees and contract positions were affected. This was a very tough decision to make and wish the best for all NCsoft employees in their next ventures.”

The online publisher recorded a net loss of ₩7.3 billion ($6 million/£4 million) in Q2 2012 due to labor and marketing costs, so the cuts could be aimed at staving off continued losses. GamesIndustry hopes that those affected by the cuts find new employment quickly.

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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 5 years ago
Seriously! Is there no-one at any company that has the understanding that it's just plain wrong to cut people before Christmas holiday season. Are they all trained in one of the circles of hell so that they pick the most evil times for shedding employees?
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Zidaya Zenovka Blogger, Writer, freelance artist. 5 years ago
This is the company that canned the City of Heroes dev team without warning, despite it being successful. You expected less?
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Robert Fuller Studying GSP, DeVry University5 years ago
Yea, there is some serious issues going on with NCSoft right now. I wouldn't be surprised if there are some money management issues going on.
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Karna V Krishnan Producer, Reliance Games5 years ago
It's a shame that this is happening just before the holidays. I hope those affected by this are able to get better jobs.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Karna V Krishnan on 7th December 2012 7:41am

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