Sad news for SEGA of America today as the company has revealed that they will begin restructuring and downsizing until June. This will also mean that the game studio’s offices from San Francisco will be relocated to Southern California.
“This move was crucial to keep SEGA operations moving forward throughout North America and to provide our millions of fans a strong pipeline of content across gaming, TV, merchandising, and more,” stated SOA president and COO, John Cheng. “We are confident that by relocating to Southern California we will be able to thrive, grow and become a stronger company because of it.”
Many employees will receive relocation packages while others will be unfortunately laid-off entirely. The total number of employees affected in the USA will be finalized in the months to come but we already know, that 300 persons will be fired in Japan.
This sudden decision is a bit strange, since SEGA had a rather good 2014, with the franchise-redeeming Alien: Isolation. No official explanation was given for the sudden relocation and downsizing, but since the company was previously based in San Francisco, the move is most likely an effort to save money by heading.