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Daybreak Confirms Layoffs as They 'Realign' the Workforce

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UPDATE from Daybreak Game Company:

Daybreak confirms we are realigning our workforce to better position our company for the future.  Because of this, we have had to make an extremely difficult decision to part ways with some of our employees across various disciplines at the studio.  We are doing everything we can to take care of each affected individual by providing them appropriate transition assistance.

Daybreak remains focused on publishing and developing large-scale online games and will continue to service our existing and long-standing games and franchises. 


Rumors are swirling that a round of layoffs have hit Daybreak Game Company. Ry Schueller, Brand Manager at DGC, has indicated that he is "a free agent". We have reached out to Daybreak for a comment. We'll keep the story updated as it develops.

The news comes hot on the heels of earlier developments this week that DGC is in trouble due to its ostensible ownership by Columbus Nova. Here is our original coverage:

UPDATE: @MSandersonD, it appears that SONY -- yeah that one -- still owns 10%. Can this be the legal loophole DGC needs to stay out of the oligarch's asset freeze? Check out all the legal documentation and tax records to see what he is speaking about:


Daybreak Game Company may be in trouble thanks to US sanctions against Russian "oligarch" Viktor Vekselberg who owns Columbus Nova long thought to be the owner of DGC. Going back to 2015 and the demise of Sony Online Entertainment, a press announcement revealed Columbus Nova as the new owner, but in a weird twist of events, that press release has been deleted and wiki pages for DGC have been scrubbed. Massively even received a statement yesterday denying CN's ownership at any time.

Daybreak Game Company has no affiliation with Columbus Nova. Jason Epstein, former member of Columbus Nova, is and has always been the primary owner and executive chairman of Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) which he acquired from Sony in February 2015.

Here's what we know:

  • in 2015, then CEO John Smedley said, "We are excited to join Columbus Nova's impressive roster of companies."
  • Columbus Nova's Jason Epstein wrote, "Sony Online Entertainment, newly rebranded as Daybreak, is a great addition to our existing portfolio of technology, media and entertainment focused companies."
  • the press announcement that was released on the official DGC site has been deleted
  • corrections to the company wiki have been made, according to DGC, "That distinction was never corrected in the past, so we are correcting that now."
  • Columbus Nova is mentioned in DGC's privacy policy

With the convoluted story developing, it still remains unknown whether or not any of DGC games are in trouble. We'll be watching closely. You can also check out this MMORPG.com thread to see what our readers have been saying.

Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/news/updated-is-daybreak-game-company-in-trouble-check-out-a-twisted-series-of-events-1000048225#xIPoIxjhhIQAluOm.99


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom