Sega Lays off 73 People

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  1. Bartman3010

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    In what I think is some really depressing news, Sega has decided to lay off 73 people from their different divisions. But now they're restructuring their US and European divisions.

    The US division will focus solely on downloadable games, whereas London will focus on retail console and PC games specifically. Why? Why?! Why are they doing this? The downloadable market isnt exactly something that is big to capitalize on. So why are they taking their US branch, that sits on possibly the largest potential market, and focus on downloadable games.

    Especially when most of their downloadable material are Sega Genesis roms? I....auh....euhh...AIIIUUUGHH?!?!?
     
  2. saxman

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    I feel uneasy about this. Downloadable games are a great idea and all, but the American company has far more resources that could be used to do other stuff with. I'm not quite understanding their decision here.
     
  3. JaxTH

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    Jack shit.
    Well...Mike Hayes (right?) was the head of EU before becoming the sole head of the West, so I assume he is playing favorites maybe? :P
     
  4. Solaris Paradox

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    We'll have to wait and see. Too bad about those 73 people, but they'll probably have more luck finding a job than I'm currently having, since they have, well, resumes, and stuff.
     
  5. Kurosan

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    If they really wanted to have one of their divisions do nothing but handle downloadable games, why not SEGA Europe? Frankly, it's not like they do much; meanwhile, SoJ is the bulk of the company and SoA does some stuff every once in a while.
     
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    <!--quoteo(post=446558:date=Apr 23 2010, 04:32 AM:name=Kurosan)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Kurosan @ Apr 23 2010, 04:32 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446558">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->If they really wanted to have one of their divisions do nothing but handle downloadable games, why not SEGA Europe? Frankly, it's not like they do much; meanwhile, SoJ is the bulk of the company and SoA does some stuff every once in a while.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    SEGA of Japan isn't being changed at all, is it? All I've heard is that the West's being restructured. I don't seem to recall SEGA of America actually doing a whole lot in terms of development that's worth thinking about.
     
  7. Kurosan

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    <!--quoteo(post=446562:date=Apr 23 2010, 01:46 AM:name=Solaris Paradox)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Solaris Paradox @ Apr 23 2010, 01:46 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446562">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo(post=446558:date=Apr 23 2010, 04:32 AM:name=Kurosan)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Kurosan @ Apr 23 2010, 04:32 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446558">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->If they really wanted to have one of their divisions do nothing but handle downloadable games, why not SEGA Europe? Frankly, it's not like they do much; meanwhile, SoJ is the bulk of the company and SoA does some stuff every once in a while.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    SEGA of Japan isn't being changed at all, is it? All I've heard is that the West's being restructured. I don't seem to recall SEGA of America actually doing a whole lot in terms of development that's worth thinking about.
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    I was only mentioning SoJ for the sake of naming all three branches.
     
  8. Phos

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    Did Sega actually have any development studios in the US apart from Secret Level?
     
  9. Solaris Paradox

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    <!--quoteo(post=446568:date=Apr 23 2010, 05:21 AM:name=Phos)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Phos @ Apr 23 2010, 05:21 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446568">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Did Sega actually have any development studios in the US apart from Secret Level?<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    I don't know of any.

    Does Secret Level develop any games worth thinking about?
     
  10. Overlord

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    <!--quoteo(post=446558:date=Apr 23 2010, 09:32 AM:name=Kurosan)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Kurosan @ Apr 23 2010, 09:32 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446558">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->If they really wanted to have one of their divisions do nothing but handle downloadable games, why not SEGA Europe? Frankly, it's not like they do much; meanwhile, SoJ is the bulk of the company and SoA does some stuff every once in a while.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    Sega America has gone it's own way a lot, and Europe is a much more Sega-friendly territory. That may well be why.

    Also, "don't do much"? For one thing, Sumo Digital is here, and they've done several big-name games of late.
     
  11. jasonchrist

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    Sega seem to forget that it was the Americans which gave Sega and Sonic its global appeal. They should be given MORE responsibilities, not less. Since the Dreamcast days, Sega has been waaaay too Japan friendly, rest of the world be damned.
     
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    <!--quoteo(post=446684:date=Apr 23 2010, 02:35 PM:name=Overlord)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Overlord @ Apr 23 2010, 02:35 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446684">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sega America has gone it's own way a lot, and Europe is a much more Sega-friendly territory. That may well be why.

    Also, "don't do much"? For one thing, Sumo Digital is here, and they've done several big-name games of late.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    Sumo Digital is an independent studio. Its existence has nothing to do with whether SEGA West gets restructured or not.
     
  13. <!--quoteo(post=446575:date=Apr 23 2010, 04:59 AM:name=Solaris Paradox)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Solaris Paradox @ Apr 23 2010, 04:59 AM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446575">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Did Secret Level develop any games worth thinking about?<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    fix'd

    Well this sucks, some of the best SEGA games come from America. SoJ is so fucking self-centered and think it's all about their games.
     
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    Just realised something, a while ago there was rumour that sega were going to look at improving their iphone app's instead of just rushing out rom dumps (lol sonic 2 only came out last week!) and so the genesis collection app was scrapped along with something else, I guess this falls into their digital plans.

    Now I wonder if we are still looking at that iphone sonic cd remake...
     
  15. Chimpo

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    <!--quoteo(post=446695:date=Apr 23 2010, 12:03 PM:name=jasonchrist)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (jasonchrist @ Apr 23 2010, 12:03 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446695">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sega seem to forget that it was the Americans which gave Sega and Sonic its global appeal.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    SEGA makes games other than Sonic.
     
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    <!--quoteo(post=446716:date=Apr 23 2010, 08:56 PM:name=Chimpo)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Chimpo @ Apr 23 2010, 08:56 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446716">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo(post=446695:date=Apr 23 2010, 12:03 PM:name=jasonchrist)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (jasonchrist @ Apr 23 2010, 12:03 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446695">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sega seem to forget that it was the Americans which gave Sega and Sonic its global appeal.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    SEGA makes games other than Sonic.
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    See the part where I said Sega AND Sonic.
     
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    <!--quoteo(post=446718:date=Apr 23 2010, 12:59 PM:name=jasonchrist)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (jasonchrist @ Apr 23 2010, 12:59 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446718">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo(post=446716:date=Apr 23 2010, 08:56 PM:name=Chimpo)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Chimpo @ Apr 23 2010, 08:56 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446716">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--quoteo(post=446695:date=Apr 23 2010, 12:03 PM:name=jasonchrist)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (jasonchrist @ Apr 23 2010, 12:03 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446695">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Sega seem to forget that it was the Americans which gave Sega and Sonic its global appeal.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    SEGA makes games other than Sonic.
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    See the part where I said Sega AND Sonic.
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    That still doesn't validate giving them more responsibility due to the accomplishments of a previous administration.

    I don't think Tom Kalinske still works at SEGA.
     
  18. LOst

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    I wonder how RubyEclipse feel about this SOA direction? Maybe he sees downloadable games as a good future?
     
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    <!--quoteo(post=446715:date=Apr 23 2010, 03:55 PM:name=Diablohead)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Diablohead @ Apr 23 2010, 03:55 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446715">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Just realised something, a while ago there was rumour that sega were going to look at improving their iphone app's instead of just rushing out rom dumps (lol sonic 2 only came out last week!) and so the genesis collection app was scrapped along with something else, I guess this falls into their digital plans.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

    This. Else I imagine there's little reason left to keep the San Francisco offices open outside of a bare bones crew.

    <!--quoteo(post=0:date=:name=LOst)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (LOst)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->I wonder how RubyEclipse feel about this SOA direction? Maybe he sees downloadable games as a good future?<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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    <!--quoteo(post=446695:date=Apr 23 2010, 07:03 PM:name=jasonchrist)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (jasonchrist @ Apr 23 2010, 07:03 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=446695">[​IMG]</a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Since the Dreamcast days, Sega has been waaaay too Japan friendly, rest of the world be damned.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
    I agree with this. Japan never gave a shit about Sega anyway.
     
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