Square Enix confirm lay-offs at European and UK offices

Monday, 29th April 2013 14:55 GMT By Nick Akerman

Square Enix has confirmed it is set to make redundancies to both its European and UK operations.

The company has been teetering on the brink for some time, with bosses blaming US sales figures for a number of titles missing their projected targets across the globe. Although Tomb Raider, Hitman and Sleeping Dogs shifted a significant amount of copies, the numbers failed to meet Square Enix’s lofty expectations.

“We are reviewing our business in Europe to ensure we have the right structure, content and skills for the changing entertainment landscape,” Square Enix told MCV in a recent statement.

“We do expect changes to the UK office, which will affect personnel. We will update you when the time is right, but our priority right now is for the people within the business.”

This news follows the resignation of President Yoichi Wada and job losses in the Los Angeles office.

As ever, we wish everyone involved all the best.



  1. cw5th

    That seems about right. The higher ups made shitty decissions and promissed their shareholders way to much and now they have to throw people into the streets to make up for it.

    The system works.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gheritt White


    #2 2 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    “Our Japanese games suck balls and fail to sell. So instead of focusing on what works and laying-off the people who are responsible for this, we did what every big company would do: Fire the wrong guy.

    It was a natural decision.”

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hunam


    :( sad but true.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Didn’t the European and UK devs make their only semi-profitable games? Last time I checked, FF14 and Dragon Quest MMO were Japanese developed.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Joe Musashi

    Lauren Wainright must be gutted.


    #6 2 years ago
  7. Neuromancer


    #7 2 years ago
  8. salarta

    I am sorry to hear that people have been laid off as a consequence of Squeenix doing poorly in sales. Naturally, I’m sure many of the higher-ups could have saved at least a few of the jobs if they were only willing to take a pay cut in exchange. I hope the people that were laid off are quickly employed by companies that actually deserve them.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gheritt White

    ^This. Well said, Salarta.

    #9 2 years ago


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