Sony Joins Gaming Layoff Trend, Cuts 900 Jobs Worldwide

Following the trend of layoffs among numerous global gaming companies, Sony Interactive Entertainment has inevitably proceeded with a reduction in its workforce, affecting approximately 900 employees, which constitutes about 8% of its current staff. This downsizing spans across its operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, and the Asia-Pacific, including members of the PlayStation Studios team.

Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed it will be undertaking layoffs, impacting 900 individuals or roughly 8% of its existing workforce. This will affect some PlayStation Studios employees, with the London studio in the UK being completely disbanded. Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, mentioned that in the United States, affected studios include Insomniac Games, and Naughty Dog, along with technical, creative, and support teams. The London studio in the UK will be fully dissolved, including Guerrilla, Firesprite, and staff reductions at European PlayStation Studios.

On a global scale, PlayStation Studios will also see a degree of downsizing. Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment emphasized that after several months of internal discussions, this difficult decision to lay off employees was made in response to the continuously evolving economic climate.

In addition to Sony Interactive Entertainment announcing layoffs, Microsoft’s Xbox division also recently declared staff reductions. Other game-related companies, including Bungie, Eidos, Riot, Supermassive Games, Twitch, and Unity, have announced layoffs as well, aiming to adapt to market changes and reduce operational costs.