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A big round of layoffs has hit SCEA San Diego, with a reported 50 employees laid off today.

Quote:
"Sources close to the studio have confirmed that approximately 50 employees have been laid off, and that the layoffs impact both studio execs and regular employees alike. Sony San Diego Studio was also previously responsible for producing Guns Up and Drawn to Death, two online games on PS4.

No clear reason for the layoffs was given at this time, but our sources say that Sony appears to be moving away from live games development. A separate source believes that the developers behind MLB: The Show are still with the company."

There are rumors The Show team was not affected by the move -- but we have no concrete information to validate those at this time. With The Show being such a banner product, it would be quite a strange and unexpected move if there was movement to shrink or eliminate the dev team.

Update: It looks like 'normal' restructuring. The Show team is fine!

Quote:
"We can confirm there has been a reduction in headcount at San Diego Studio," a representative said. "The team working on MLB The Show have not been affected. We continually evaluate teams and programs at SIE Worldwide Studios to ensure we have the proper resources in place to deliver innovative products within a competitive landscape. As projects are completed, it is natural to review and restructure teams around current and future needs. We wish our departing team members success as they pursue new opportunities and we have nothing but heart-felt thanks for their contributions to PlayStation."
Definitely a bummer to hear of anyone losing their job though, we're wishing those looking for new jobs today luck in their future endeavors.

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# 1 Scott @ 09/14/16 05:10 PM
If this is true, a very sad sad day.
 
# 2 Turbojugend @ 09/14/16 05:11 PM
Noooooo...

This has to be a bad joke, right?
 
# 3 ImTellinTim @ 09/14/16 05:12 PM
Uh oh spaghettio
 
# 4 ExtremeGamer @ 09/14/16 05:16 PM
Baseball team might be spared.

https://twitter.com/ryanpalser/statu...53028747493376


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# 5 ImTellinTim @ 09/14/16 05:18 PM
That would make sense since The Show has been a system seller for them. They must make enough to justify keeping that part of the office open.
 
# 6 ckarlic @ 09/14/16 05:19 PM
Hope it is not true. It would suck if the Show did not come out next year but it also would be sad for the devs being laid off. Hope they could find another home elsewhere if the rumors are true. I truly believe that the devs of the show were the poster child for community interaction when it comes to gaming.
 
# 7 Turbojugend @ 09/14/16 05:29 PM
So The Show is safe. Still, sympathies go out to those who were affected. Never an easy time losing your job.
 
# 8 nomo17k @ 09/14/16 05:31 PM
My heart stopped for a moment seeing the headline... good to hear The Show team is still going strong though!

I guess few jobs are stable or long-term these days. Good luck to those who will be seeking new opportunities!
 
# 9 Caulfield @ 09/14/16 05:37 PM
This stinks on multi-levels , majorly for those laid off and their families , and minorly for those who enjoy the Show and want to see further enhancements . We may have to be content with a 'roster update' for 17 until Sony can get their house in order and work on a better business model . I hope this is just a minor bump in the road and Sony can get back to a full compliment of personnel and keep the Show evolving into a deeper baseball experience .
 
# 10 ExtremeGamer @ 09/14/16 05:38 PM
Sony confirmed The Show is safe.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...n-diego-studio


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# 11 ckarlic @ 09/14/16 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by ExtremeGamer
Sony confirmed The Show is safe.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...n-diego-studio


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# 12 Spokker @ 09/14/16 06:14 PM
Anyone got an AED? I need one after this news.
 
# 13 Scary Larry @ 09/14/16 06:28 PM
Sympathies to everyone that got the bad news today at Sony. Only silver lining in this news is at least we at least don't lose the best sports game on the market. In my opinion at least.
 
# 14 CaseIH @ 09/14/16 07:06 PM
Glad MLBTS staff is safe, but feel bad for those who lost their jobs. Very difficult times we've been living in these last several years. Hopefully things improve for our citizens here in the US very soon, as well as the rest of the world for that matter.
 
# 15 KBLover @ 09/14/16 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Caulfield
We may have to be content with a 'roster update' for 17 until Sony can get their house in order and work on a better business model . I hope this is just a minor bump in the road and Sony can get back to a full compliment of personnel and keep the Show evolving into a deeper baseball experience .

Sony (the company) does need to get its house in order. They probably kiss the ground the PS is made because it's been one of their few growth drivers as they suck pretty much elsewhere.

Hopefully, they will find a way to bring those employees back later.

It also means The Show probably still sells well enough to justify whatever is being spend on that manpower and equipment, which is a good sign to the health of the series, imo.
 
# 16 nick_sr @ 09/14/16 09:32 PM
Hopefully they use d8me money for commentary
 
# 17 Speedy @ 09/14/16 10:00 PM
I've been thru downsizing and headcount reduction myself at my work. I stayed while I saw other departments cut or reduced...I saw a lot of good employees from my department leave because they were fearful cuts would hit us so they tried to get ahead of the curve (eventually, it did hit my department).

It's certainly not comparable as I don't work in a video game industry but one thing is always constant: people want security in their job. I wonder if we'll see some moves from the dev team as a result of this.
 
# 18 baseballsim @ 09/14/16 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Speedy
I've been thru downsizing and headcount reduction myself at my work. I stayed while I saw other departments cut or reduced...I saw a lot of good employees from my department leave because they were fearful cuts would hit us so they tried to get ahead of the curve (eventually, it did hit my department).

It's certainly not comparable as I don't work in a video game industry but one thing is always constant: people want security in their job. I wonder if we'll see some moves from the dev team as a result of this.
I don't work in the video game industry either but in software development and we're going through cuts as well. It's not fun at all.
 
# 19 countryboy @ 09/15/16 10:00 AM
Always sad to hear of anyone losing their jobs. While I'm happy that the Show team was unaffected, my heart still goes out to those who actually lost their jobs.
 
# 20 Shadymamba @ 09/15/16 10:57 AM
hate to hear anyone losing their job! that sucks!!
 

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