SOE Layoffs

Sony Online Entertainment has laid off 35 employees, representing "just over 4% of its full-time workforce," reports Joystiq. They quote a statement from Scott Gulbransen, SOE's Sr. Director of Global PR and Corporate Communications, saying: "In a move to better align the company's resources against areas of growth that meet consumer demand in today's online market as well as improve operational efficiency, Sony Online Entertainment has eliminated just over 4% of its full-time workforce, equaling 35 people. The changes will better position SOE to deliver against its emphasis on developing games for a wider, more diverse audience and remaining a worldwide leader in online gaming."
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Jul 16, 2010, 11:03
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Jul 16, 2010, 11:03
 
It's not so much the percentage or the overall number, it's the claim they are making of what those cuts will enable. Unless it's project managers or higher ups in the company controlling the decisions made toward the games.....I laugh and expect mockery.

This is the company that bought Matrix Online.....

This is the company that is known for what not to do to an MMO via SWG....

Same company that didn't support Planetside and has not made a game to pickup the players who desire for a newer Planetside style game.

Vanguard......I have no idea what they ended up doing to it, but it never recovered from the initial year of failure that followed it's release (which by all accounts was a release or die situation). And they still haven't found a way to bring players back to it after all that time.

I don't know if they kept up their voice over work in EQ2 or not.

But I do know their trials for EQ and Vanguard are some little hole of a zone you play in and never experience the "real" world without buying in. I view it as a shady practice to hide the realities of the real game via trials.

Everquest game franchise is probably the one true success they have had....and they even botched that with EQ2 being so different than EQ1 when it was released.

It's like they lucked out with Everquest, learned nothing from it but how to charge for content packs way too often and drive people away with the sheer number of them they have to buy. Then decided to make more games, but actively sought ways to fuck them up whether by lack of support...stupid expansions or completely changing the gameplay in unnecessary ways just because they could.

Oh they did add the /pizza command to MMOs, revolutionary.
And the ability to spend real money on in-game items on top of subscription fees they garner.... which if you ask me is their real passion. Finding ways to monetize more in-game activities, and the expansions are just a necessary evil to keep people subbing.


SOE is where MMOs go to die.
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Jul 16, 2010, 10:37
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Jul 16, 2010, 10:37
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D_K_night wrote on Jul 16, 2010, 03:31:
Laying someone off, possibly destroying their life and all they have to say is a bunch of corporate cold-blood speak
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Re: SOE Layoffs
Jul 16, 2010, 10:35
Beamer
 
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Jul 16, 2010, 10:35
 Beamer
 
4% cut is a drop in the bucket.

Typically a 4% layoff is getting rid of people that no longer fit with the company, either in culture/attitude or in skills.

Not saying that's what happened here, but I'm always amazed at how angry people here get at layoffs. They always assume the company is screwing over employees. Yet, in this same exact thread they mock the company's products. Maybe part of the reason the products sucked is the wrong employees, and the only way to fix that is let them go?
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Jul 16, 2010, 10:33
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Re: SOE Layoffs Jul 16, 2010, 10:33
Jul 16, 2010, 10:33
 
Lets face it the latest EQ2 expansion flopped big time and not even New Halas could bring people back to the game the way Darklight Woods did. Im officially calling this company almost dead unless DC Online or the Agency can do something soon
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Jul 16, 2010, 10:11
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Re: SOE Layoffs Jul 16, 2010, 10:11
Jul 16, 2010, 10:11
 
D_K_night wrote on Jul 16, 2010, 03:31:
Laying someone off, possibly destroying their life and all they have to say is a bunch of corporate cold-blood speak

What, precisely, do you expect them to say? Reality check: it's a business, that is how businesses operate. Actually, I am kind of surprised they made a press release at all, a 4% cut is a drop in the bucket.
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Re: SOE Layoffs
Jul 16, 2010, 05:37
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Jul 16, 2010, 05:37
 
D_K_night wrote on Jul 16, 2010, 03:31:
Laying someone off, possibly destroying their life and all they have to say is a bunch of corporate cold-blood speak

Exactly what I was thinking. I feel for the families.
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Jul 16, 2010, 03:31
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Jul 16, 2010, 03:31
 
Laying someone off, possibly destroying their life and all they have to say is a bunch of corporate cold-blood speak
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Jul 16, 2010, 01:44
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Re: SOE Layoffs Jul 16, 2010, 01:44
Jul 16, 2010, 01:44
 
Was Smedley one of them? No? Damn.
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Jul 16, 2010, 01:13
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Re: SOE Layoffs Jul 16, 2010, 01:13
Jul 16, 2010, 01:13
 
$50 says that most or all of them worked on SWG. It won't last long after TOR launches.
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Jul 16, 2010, 00:35
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Jul 16, 2010, 00:35
 
I noticed not a word about regretting laying these people off or thanking them for their work. Just corporate-speak gobblygook. But why hang a human face on this?
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Jul 16, 2010, 00:28
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Jul 16, 2010, 00:28
 
Hmm, I wonder if the two people still working on Vanguard got canned? Not that it matters all that much.
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Jul 16, 2010, 00:07
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Re: SOE Layoffs Jul 16, 2010, 00:07
Jul 16, 2010, 00:07
 
wow those 35 people must have sucked up a lot of coin, preventing SOE from remaining a worlwide leader in online gaming! That was a close one!
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Jul 15, 2010, 21:57
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Re: SOE Layoffs Jul 15, 2010, 21:57
Jul 15, 2010, 21:57
 
They will be able to reach a wider and more diverse audience with a smaller and less diverse workforce. Makes sense.........................or not.

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Jul 15, 2010, 21:54
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Jul 15, 2010, 21:54
 
That's the most long winded saying of "laid off 35 employees" ever.
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