SOE San Diego and Austin Studios Hit with Layoffs

Sony Online Entertainment announced that it has laid off an undisclosed number of employees at its San Diego, Calif. and Austin, TX. studios as part of a new initiative to reduce costs, align its resources, and streamline its workforce company-wide.

"As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios," the company said in a statement.

"This strategic alignment of resources better positions SOE to remain a global leader in online games, as well as to align development resources towards our current portfolio of MMOs and the highly-anticipated future installments of the EverQuest franchise, EverQuest Next Landmark and EverQuest Next."

Sony Online Entertainment operates multiple MMOs including DC Universe Online, Free Realms, PlanetSide 2, EverQuest, EverQuest 2, and other games. The company is currently working on EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark, which will be released this winter as a free download. SOE did not detail how many employees were laid off, nor did it say which teams were affected.

Source: GameSpot

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