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PlayStation will lay off almost a thousand employees



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The video game industry continues to be affected by a wave of layoffs. Companies around the world have had to let go of thousands of employees in recent months, while reporting record profits. Now, to this list confirmed by companies like Microsoft and Embracer Group, Sony Interactive Entertainment joins in, which will not only lay off almost a thousand workers, but will also close one of its studios.

In an email written by Jim Ryan, outgoing president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, 900 PlayStation employees, about 8% of the company's workforce, all over the world will lose their jobs. This will not only affect studios like Naughty Dog, Guerrilla Games and Insomniac Games, but London Studio, which has been in charge of creating games for the PlayStation VR, will close its doors. This is what was said about it:

“The PlayStation community means everything to us, so I felt it was important to let you know about a difficult day at our company. We have made the extremely difficult decision to announce our plan to begin a reduction of our overall global workforce by approximately 8%, or around 900 people, subject to local laws and consultation processes. Employees around the world, including our studios, are affected.

These are incredibly talented people who have been a part of our success and we are very grateful for their contributions. However, the industry has changed enormously and we must prepare ourselves for the future and the business for what lies ahead. “We need to meet the expectations of developers and players, and continue to push technology forward in gaming, so we took a step back to ensure we are prepared to continue providing the best gaming experiences to the community.”

Although at the moment it is unknown how big the impact will be in regions such as the United States and Japan, in the United Kingdom there is talk of the closure of London Studio, as well as a reduction in Firesprite studio, which co-developed Horizon Call of the Mountain, and other divisions in this area. We can only wait to see how much these layoffs will affect future projects for the different PlayStation studios.

We know that in 2024 we will not see a AAA release of the most famous PlayStation properties, and while the arrival of completely new properties is not ruled out, Everything seems to indicate that this will be one of the least fruitful years for the company, although sales of the PlayStation 5 may point to the opposite. On related topics, the PlayStation Portal is a success. Likewise, new details emerge about the PS5 Pro.

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Editor's Note:

This is a sad moment for the industry, and it shows that AAA game development can collapse at any moment. Large companies grow and grow excessively without some kind of plan, and when they realize that they needed to stop, it is too late.

Via: PlayStation

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