Daybreak Game Company Hit With Layoffs


The company formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment has been hit with layoffs a little more than week after it was sold. On February 2nd it was announced that Sony had sold its Sony Online Entertainment branch to Columbus Nova Corp and it was renamed Daybreak Game Company.

Kotaku learned today that Daybreak Game Company have been hit with what they called “big” layoffs at Daybreak’s Austin and San Diego studios. The layoffs are claimed to be a move towards profitability by an anonymous source that reached out to Kotaku.

An official statement was released by Daybreak Game Company:

“As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming.”

Source: Kotaku

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  • Makai Ookami

    Why would you get rid of people in San Diego studios…

    Don’t they have close proximity to many other San Diego developers?

    So… instead of utilizing resources in that area they’re strategically just chopping off their leg?

    Maybe I’m missing something, I don’t know if the person deciding lay offs, made a calculated decision, or an ignorant one. Maybe I’m ignorant, but… seems like they just chopped off their nose, to sell it for some fancy new sun glasses, and those sun glasses won’t stay on very easily because they just chopped off their nose.

  • Roger Cannon

    Remember when I said they’re going to cut up this company and sell off the parts? In the immortal words of Joe Walsh: “I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.”

  • London Rhodes

    I said it before but I’m really worried about what kind of financial state Sony is in and what this means to PlayStation. I know that Playstation is one of the only profitable divisions of the company. However if the Sony as a whole is sinking. That doesn’t bode well for PlayStation

    Also before someone mentions it. I’m aware that this new company is not affiliated with Sony.

    • elnino

      They’re just getting rid of not so important things and focusing on what really matters.