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  Esquire1980

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OP  3/31/11 1:35:03 PM#1

 

Sony’s MMO Makers Close Three Studios, Lay Off One-Third of Workforce

Owen Good — Sony's MMO Makers Close Three Studios, Lay Off One-Third of WorkforceSony Online Entertainment, makers of D.C. Universe Online and Free Realms, closed three studios and will lay off nearly a third of its workforce, Kotaku has learned.

Word began spreading when George Broussard, best known as the co-creator of Duke Nukem Forever, tweeted earlier this evening that SOE was seeing layoffs and "studio closure is possible." Kotaku has confirmed through a source familiar with the matter that the closures affect SOE's studios in Seattle, Tucson, Ariz. and Denver. Half of the workforce at SOE offices in Austin, Texas were pink slipped along with a sizeable portion of San Diego. In sum, it accounts for nearly one-third of SOE's manpower before today.

Kotaku has reached out to Sony Online Entertainment for official comment. Any statement will be updated here.


http://kotaku.com/#!5787461/sonys-mmo-makers-close-three-studios-lay-off-one+third-of-workforce

 

 

Looks like 1/2 of SOE Austin (devs) and the complete studio for TCG (The Card Game) is now going.

UPDATE;

 

 

 

 

Citizens of the Galaxies,

We wanted to bring this information to you here, rather than having you read about it elsewhere. The SWG player community is one of our most passionate and engaged audiences. Supportive and always offering constructive feedback, players and Senators have helped guide and improve this game over seven full years. Star Wars: Galaxies will continue to be supported this year, and you can look forward to a Producer’s Letter from Teesquared early next week with more information about what lies ahead for the Galaxies in 2011.

~Linda “Brasse” Carlson

Director, Global Community Relations

 

Following is the official notice that you may see on other sites:

As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and close its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios.  As part of this restructuring, SOE is discontinuing production of The Agency so it can focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties, while also maintaining its current portfolio of online games.  All possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern. 

This strategic decision will have no impact on SOE’s current portfolio of live games; additionally SOE will transition development efforts for the Denver and Tucson studios’ suite of products to its San Diego headquarters.  This strategic alignment of development resources better positions SOE to remain a global leader in online gaming and deliver on its promise of creating entertaining games for players of all ages, and servicing the 20 million players that visited SOE servers in just the past year.

The SWG community has already asked the question over the specific statement of  "this year" with no answer as yet.

 

  ScorpionOne

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3/31/11 1:36:48 PM#2

There are already 3 or 4 different threads on this here at MMORPG.com


  tman5

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3/31/11 2:13:27 PM#3
Originally posted by misles

There are already 3 or 4 different threads on this here at MMORPG.com

 True.  But this thread is specifically for the Smed-haters to come out and brag about how they made it happen

  TUX426

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3/31/11 4:44:10 PM#4
Originally posted by tman5
Originally posted by misles

There are already 3 or 4 different threads on this here at MMORPG.com

 True.  But this thread is specifically for the Smed-haters to come out and brag about how they made it happen

Anyone can claim credit I guess, but it all goes to SOE's leadership...and that hasn't changed...only the poor folk who worked for them. Had they simply switched out a few (10-20) TOP people at SOE, this may not have ever had to have happened.

I feel bad for their employees. But no worse than I do for anyone unemployed in this economy. Good luck to them.

  Obee

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3/31/11 6:07:48 PM#5

One point of interest is that the DCU, EQ, and EQ2 OBoard announcements all mention continued support and development.  SWG's announcement only mentions continued support.

 

  ste2000

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3/31/11 6:21:24 PM#6
Originally posted by tman5
Originally posted by misles

There are already 3 or 4 different threads on this here at MMORPG.com

 True.  But this thread is specifically for the Smed-haters to come out and brag about how they made it happen

No Smedley made it happen, with his choice of following the WoW crowd.

I predicted that DCU and the Agency would flop way before release, not because I hate Smedley but because I follow the MMORPG industry with passion and I understand what works and what doesn't (like an awful lot of other people, none of which work at SoE apparently).

Where SoE passion is gone for MMORPGs?

 

I don't know if it's an April fool or not but DCU flopped, and The Agency will flop if it ever get released (but I still have hope for Everquest Next)

SoE needs a new CEO with passion and vision, Smedley has never been up for the job.

  Arcken

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Lets face it, MMOs today are turning into single player console games with a chat box included.

3/31/11 6:24:14 PM#7

Im going to laugh at all of you the moment they say APRIL FOOLS!

feh on your ill informed conjectures.

  ste2000

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3/31/11 6:29:11 PM#8
Originally posted by Arcken

Im going to laugh at all of you the moment they say APRIL FOOLS!

feh on your ill informed conjectures.

True

But I guess that Sony shareholders are not laughing so much at all the money lost with DCU, and that's not an April fool (and they will lose even more with The Agency if it goes ahead)

  TUX426

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4/01/11 1:01:16 PM#9
Originally posted by Arcken

Im going to laugh at all of you the moment they say APRIL FOOLS!

feh on your ill informed conjectures.

Cuz that would be kinda funny right? F'king with 200 employees lives as a joke?!

It was the end of Q1...and their results were NO joke.

  Paradigm68

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4/01/11 1:04:55 PM#10
Originally posted by Obee

One point of interest is that the DCU, EQ, and EQ2 OBoard announcements all mention continued support and development.  SWG's announcement only mentions continued support.

Continued support "this year".

  erictlewis

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

4/01/11 1:08:49 PM#11
Originally posted by ste2000
Originally posted by Arcken

Im going to laugh at all of you the moment they say APRIL FOOLS!

feh on your ill informed conjectures.

True

But I guess that Sony shareholders are not laughing so much at all the money lost with DCU, and that's not an April fool (and they will lose even more with The Agency if it goes ahead)

 The press release said they already canned the agency.   Wow and no no aprill fools this thing is bad all around

  Esquire1980

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OP  4/01/11 1:18:53 PM#12

Now Zat has been "moved" to another game also.  Another SWG community manager bites the dust.

  TUX426

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4/01/11 3:20:53 PM#13
Originally posted by Esquire1980

Now Zat has been "moved" to another game also.  Another SWG community manager bites the dust.

She needed to be "moved". Talk about lazy.

  BullseyeArc1

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4/01/11 6:17:13 PM#14
Originally posted by Paradigm68
Originally posted by Obee

One point of interest is that the DCU, EQ, and EQ2 OBoard announcements all mention continued support and development.  SWG's announcement only mentions continued support.

Continued support "this year".

 Well you gotta hand it to them no one else woulda kept it on life support for what?  2007-2011 

I wonder what that announcements going to sound like later this week, thank you for you long blah blah........... 

  Hazelle

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4/05/11 3:11:14 AM#15
Originally posted by Arcken

Im going to laugh at all of you the moment they say APRIL FOOLS!

feh on your ill informed conjectures.

A company that is publically traded will never announce layoffs or closings unless they are fact.

What you're suggesting would land them in both criminal and civil court.

  TUX426

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4/07/11 10:51:30 AM#16
Originally posted by Obee

One point of interest is that the DCU, EQ, and EQ2 OBoard announcements all mention continued support and development.  SWG's announcement only mentions continued support.

 

Huh! I missed that. Good find Obee!

  TeknoBug

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4/07/11 11:24:47 AM#17

Lately, SOE seem to be focusing all their energy on the PS3 platform and not putting as much effort into their PC titles. This is pretty much what almost every major gaming company has been doing lately, full on console releases with weak PC releases.


  Dorko2k

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4/07/11 11:31:48 AM#18
Originally posted by sookster54

Lately, SOE seem to be focusing all their energy on the PS3 platform and not putting as much effort into their PC titles. This is pretty much what almost every major gaming company has been doing lately, full on console releases with weak PC releases.

 true, DCUO's updates for the pc revolved around the PS3 updates & pc versions were held up because of problems with PS3 network.

  TUX426

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4/07/11 11:41:11 AM#19
Originally posted by Dorko2k
Originally posted by sookster54

Lately, SOE seem to be focusing all their energy on the PS3 platform and not putting as much effort into their PC titles. This is pretty much what almost every major gaming company has been doing lately, full on console releases with weak PC releases.

 true, DCUO's updates for the pc revolved around the PS3 updates & pc versions were held up because of problems with PS3 network.

It's obvious why...console game sales are growing and, like always, Smed is more interested in the gamers he DOESN'T have than the ones he does. First WoW, now the PS3, tomorrow something else. His goal is 100million Free Realms players (read "accounts"). How will he reach that on PC alone?

  TeknoBug

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4/07/11 12:07:20 PM#20

I've been reading through that "SWG is NOT shutting down" thread, so many misleading posts in there I wonder how many of them has actually been around long enough to know SWG and SOE's history. One said that SWG needs to stay alive to be part of the Station Pass, well the guy probably doesn't know that the Matrix Online was also part of the Station Pass and look what happened to that. If Pirates of the Burning Sea hadn't gone F2P, it probably would've been next in line on shutting down, SWG very well does seem to be next and I know lots of current players don't like the idea of that, if it's F2P it might be worth it though the progress of a certain other SWG game is moving at an amazing rate and has tons playing.


Again, I don't see LEC wanting to run two Star Wars online games at once.


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