Dozens of Employees Reportedly Laid off from Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

By Sean Carey, 1 month ago
Sony has reportedly laid off "dozens" of employees from Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) in London, according to Video Games Chronicle (VGC). The layoffs were announced to employees at the same time that Sony released new information about their next console, the PlayStation 5. In a now-deleted tweet, one affected employee said, "I hate that this is going to be drowned by the PS5 announcement.”

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VGC was told that the North American Division, Sony Interactive Entertainment America (SIEA), has grown in influence in the past year and is moving towards centralising some of the different regional branches. SIEA is restructuring several areas, including marketing and PR.



Regional departments were previously able to act independently from SIEA and could set their own marketing budgets while using their knowledge of the region to sign games they thought would do well in their area. Now it's believed that SIEE will have less influence over its market during the PS5 era.

According to VGC, PlayStation's State of Play live streams are produced by SIEA and SIEE is often left in the dark about their content. SIEE was also not informed about the release of the PlayStation 5 details on Tuesday.

The news comes off the back of Shawn Layden, chairman of Worldwide Studios for Sony Interactive Entertainment, leaving the company, seemingly out of the blue.

Source: VGC
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Najinceil
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Najinceil
Posted on 10 October 19 at 13:49
Seems like a bad time in Sonys/Playstations life to be letting people go.
JAdamGilman
Posted on 10 October 19 at 14:28
I hate it for all those affected by the layoffs. I also find it sad that they followed it up with the announcement of the PS5. Hopefully another company will grab these people up and get them back to work.
J. Adam Gilman
PSfanSP
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PSfanSP
Posted on 10 October 19 at 14:44
it's very sad.
SolaceCreed
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SolaceCreed
Posted on 10 October 19 at 21:35
Has Sony spent all their money on the new console or something?
planting42
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planting42
Posted on 10 October 19 at 22:32
Aaron Greenburg at Microsoft did mention they were hiring for anyone willing to relocate to Seattle.
https://twitter.com/aarongreenberg/status/118201347731094323...
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Mayadome
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Mayadome
Posted on 11 October 19 at 03:49, Edited on 11 October 19 at 03:49 by Mayadome
I really don't like the direction Sony is going with Playstation...
Feel The Ether
mysticmosh
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mysticmosh
Posted on 11 October 19 at 16:17
People get laid off, it's part of life. I got laid off about 2 months ago and fortunately found another job. It's sad every time this happens but it doesn't mean that there were ulterior motives at play. I hope that as talented as all those that have lost their jobs sound, unemployment won't be for long. They should also check their contract to see if being laid off was written into it; if not, then they can take action.
GampxS
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GampxS
Posted on 11 October 19 at 17:12
Wow..
ShadeSplit
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ShadeSplit
Posted on 11 October 19 at 20:09
Why do people keep saying the PlayStation 5 was just announced? It was announced last April.
Najinceil
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Najinceil
Posted on 11 October 19 at 20:13
ShadeSplit said:
Why do people keep saying the PlayStation 5 was just announced? It was announced last April.
I guess because this is the official-official announcement, with Sony straight up being "Hey look this is PS5"
SolaceCreed
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SolaceCreed
Posted on 12 October 19 at 06:49
Najinceil said:
ShadeSplit said:
Why do people keep saying the PlayStation 5 was just announced? It was announced last April.
I guess because this is the official-official announcement, with Sony straight up being "Hey look this is PS5"
Exactly, it wasn't confirmed by Sony until recently. Up until now it's been mainly speculation and leeks.
ShadeSplit
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ShadeSplit
Posted on 12 October 19 at 19:32
SolaceCreed said:
Najinceil said:
ShadeSplit said:
Why do people keep saying the PlayStation 5 was just announced? It was announced last April.
I guess because this is the official-official announcement, with Sony straight up being "Hey look this is PS5"
Exactly, it wasn't confirmed by Sony until recently. Up until now it's been mainly speculation and leeks.
That just isn't true. It was confirmed last April, as I'm pretty sure Mark Cerny works for Sony.

https://www.wired.com/story/exclusive-sony-next-gen-console/
deutschZuid
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deutschZuid
Posted on 13 October 19 at 19:16, Edited on 13 October 19 at 19:16 by deutschZuid
Restructuring happens all the time - it's necessary in a changing work environment where some roles are combined, old roles disestablished and new ones created. Dozens in a company of over 100k employees should have probably not even made the news.
VIIIseiferIIIV
Posted on 19 October 19 at 23:46
You are not entitled to a job. Companies do what they have to do. Stop whining start looking.
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