Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe lays off "dozens" of staff

Dozens of employees were reportedly laid off during the
PlayStation 5 information released recently.

What you need to know

  • Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe has reportedly laid off
    dozens of employees.
  • These layoffs took place at the same time as the PlayStation 5
    information that was recently released.
  • Employees affected believe this is part of a reorganization
    that centralizes the different branches.

According to a report from Video Games Chronicle, Sony
has laid off “dozens” of employees at Sony Interactive
Entertainment Europe (SIEE). These layoffs were internally
announced at the same time that new PlayStation 5 information was
revealed via PlayStation Blog and an interview with Wired.

Video Games Chronicle was told by several affected employees
that this move is part of an attempt to unify the different
branches of SIE. In the past, different branches had completely
different marketing teams. At least one employee affected by the
layoffs has been outspoken on Twitter regarding the timing
of these layoffs, stating in a now-deleted Tweet that “I hate that
this is going to be drowned out by the #PS5 announcement.”

This comes at a time when Sony is changing a fair bit, with big
additions and a price slash arriving for PlayStation Now. Additionally, Shawn
Layden, former Chairman of Sony Worldwide Studios, left Sony per the official PlayStation
Twitter account. There has been no further statement from Shawn
Layden, though he remains active in liking different Tweets on
Twitter.

We’d like to extend our condolences to any SIEE employees
affected by these layoffs and we hope you find new jobs soon. Aaron
Greenberg of Xbox commented on Twitter and noted that Xbox
was hiring for several positions in the Seattle area.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe lays off "dozens" of staff