SOE lays off 35 employees [updated]

Saturday, 17th July 2010 17:49 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Some weeks, it seems like gaming news is pre-orchestrated to run on certain themes. This week’s theme? Lay-offs, unfortunately.

“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 percent of its full-time workforce, equaling 35 people,” SOE’s Scott Gulbransen said in a statement to Joystiq.

SOE’s currently hard at work on The Agency and DC Universe Online. It also recently announced a free-to-play Star Wars: Clone Wars MMO.

“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,” Gulbransen added.

According to Massively, EverQuest II has lost Brett “Timetravelling” Scheinert, raid designer on Sentinel’s Fate.

It’s also rumored Vanguard has lost William Bidermann and Joel “Raijinn” Sasaki, who is the game’s community manager.

Steve Kramer, former EQII designer who was moved over toThe Agency, was also let go, along with two unnamed marketing employees.

Best of luck, all. But who needs those well-established companies anyway? Start your own development studio! Call it Rock at Dawn Online Entertainment or something. You know, be creative.



  1. Crysis

    They haven’t even released their 2 up & coming games yet, both looking to be quite impressive so far

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Thalius

    This should’ve happend a long time ago, after what SOE did to Star Wars Galaxies, they shoul’ve all got fired.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Crysis

    they were in the process of developing 2 high profile titles, DC online & The Agency, i would of waited til after thier releases to see how much they could afford to keep

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    Updated post with more information, and names.

    #4 4 years ago

    damn that sucks i just hope this won’t hamper the development of both DCU and the agency since im looking forward to getting them………

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Tomo

    Press releases are generally terrible by their very nature, but that one is even worse.

    “SOE has /eliminated/ just over 4 percent of its full-time workforce”

    Eliminated?! Nice! Bullet to the head. Workforce? Nice! Not even employees or staff, just a unit for pumping out the man hours.

    #6 4 years ago

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