UPDATE FROM TRION WORLDS:
As we come out of our largest launch season in the company's history, we can confirm that we did eliminate a handful of positions to focus our efforts on game development, publishing, and operation. We always strive to keep everyone following launches and have done so in recent years. While we did bring a number of people into game development positions, we regrettably could not bring all of them. We deeply appreciate their efforts, and their contributions should not in any way be diminished or forgotten.
UPDATE FROM PERFECT WORLD:
This week, Perfect World Entertainment did experience a reduction in staff of under 30 employees. Perfect World employs thousands of people from all over the world and decisions like this are always difficult. However, we are incredibly grateful for the contributions of those individuals impacted and will do our best to help each of them through this transition. This reduction in workforce will not impact any of the games published by Perfect World Entertainment.
Rumors are swirling through Facebook that layoffs are underway at both Perfect World Entertainment and Trion Worlds. The topic has come up on Facebook and on other social media outlets. We have reached out to representatives for more information and we have received confirmation of the layoffs from Perfect World.