Square Enix Layoffs Hit Los Angeles Office

Square Enix, publisher of the recently released Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution, has made a number of job cuts at its Los Angeles office.

“We can confirm that Square Enix’s Los Angeles office has eliminated an umber of positions as part of the corporate restructuring announced last week,” said a representative of the company to Joystiq.

“This is an unfortunate situation and we are offering assistance and severance packages to any employees affected by this, we want to thank them for their hard work and sincerely wish them well in the future.”

Sources close to the company shared the following information with the publication:

“Half of marketing has been cut, which is estimated at 10 people. Public relations, which we understand is approximately seven people, will stick around until late June (post E3) – after that only three or four will remain. One source notes “close to around 20″ were let go in accounting, IT and events, alongside another five to 10 people who left community and support last week.”

The job cuts follow in the wake of the departure of CEO Yoichi Wada late last month.

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2 Comments on Square Enix Layoffs Hit Los Angeles Office

KiriONE

On April 4, 2013 at 6:25 am

Well it’s never a good thing to see people lose their jobs. Marketing/Sales/PR is easily the most expendable position from a developer’s standpoint. This job can easily be outsourced to a true marketing agency.

The numbers of these layoffs speak more to optimizing overhead and consolidating duties rather than downsizing in order to save the company. No need to sound the “THQ Alarm”

psycros

On April 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Oh for a time machine, so I could go back and stop the Enix merger.