Sega of America Hit with Layoffs

by William D'Angelo, posted on 02 October 2013 / 3,611 Views

Sega of America has confirmed to GamesBeat that they have laid off a number of employees. The exact number of people laid off were not given, however it is known that it was a small team.

"As the gaming industry continues to evolve, companies must adapt and adjust in order to compete and succeed in an ever-changing environment," said a Sega spokeswoman. "As a result of this, Sega of America has recently undergone a restructure that will enable the company to focus efficiently on developing new and existing content across digital platforms as well as continuing to focus on key brands for packaged goods."

Sega has been struggling the last year as it closed five European offices and closed its Australian offices. Sega has been restructuring its Western businesses since last year.


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5 Comments

peachbuggy (on 03 October 2013)

@ shikamaru. I absolutely agree with you. That would be an awesome idea. Get Sega exclusivity on Nintendo consoles but at the same time keep the Sega name alive.


shikamaru317 (on 03 October 2013)

Yeah. There are so many great Sega franchises that have been lying dormant for a long time. Imagine new AAA titles from Shinobi, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Ecco the Dolphin, and Knights into Dreams. Nintendo could really drive some Wii U sales if they won over most of Sega's former fanbase. They badly need it, the Wii U is in sorry shape, it's sales so far are quite a bit behind all 3 last-gen consoles during the same time period, and the news isn't good on the 3rd party front, many developers and publishers have already announced that their multiplatform games aren't coming to the Wii U.


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DarkD (on 02 October 2013)

If sega was really in trouble then they wouldn't be buying up companies like crazy. It was probably just some group whose layoff was inevitable.


thewastedyouth (on 06 October 2013)

the reason people in America are fans of Sega is because of Tom Kalinksy, if you read what Sega did to him after he worked so hard you would change your views. Japan Sega ruined everything


Jizz_Beard_thePirate (on 02 October 2013)

Right after they bought Altus too... Nintendo, just buy both of them and get this over with... I dont get why Sega even bothered to buy a new company if its own company isnt doing to well... At least Nintendo has over 8 billion dollars in their bank


shikamaru317 (on 02 October 2013)

This makes me sad, even if it is just a small layoff. I grew up a Sega fan, I was very sad when they were forced to stop manufacturing consoles, and since then their software business has become a hollow shell of what it once was. I think Sega and Nintendo need to merge, Nintendo is struggling with the Wii U, they've lost most 3rd party support and they can only do but some much with the 1st and 2nd party franchises they have, and Sega has plenty of great franchises that have been dormant for far too long. It's a match made in heaven. I would actually by a Wii U if they had new AAA games from some of my favorite franchises from long ago coming to it, like Shinobi, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, and Ecco the Dolphin, and of course future Sonic the Hedgehog games.


BuckStud (on 02 October 2013)

Put your money where your mouth is then and buy a Wii U with Sonic Lost World when it comes out.


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shikamaru317 (on 02 October 2013)

I can't really justify buying a $300 system just for one game. Now if they were to announce new games coming to the Wii U from all or most of the franchises I listed above, as well as others like Phantasy Star and Knights Into Dreams, then I could justify buying the Wii U.


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Aj_habfan (on 02 October 2013)

"merge", they aren't really near the same level, it would be Nintendo buying them out.


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shikamaru317 (on 02 October 2013)

What I'm trying to say is that Nintendo should keep the Sega branding alive, it would be very disrespectful of them to buy them out, take all of their franchises, and completely get rid of the Sega name/


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MohammadBadir (on 03 October 2013)

shikamaru, Nintendo bought a lot of companies like Monolith Soft, they're still the same just with bigger budgets from Nintendo/make Nintendo exclusives. so yeah, they'd still be called SEGA if Nintendo buys them out.


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MohammadBadir (on 03 October 2013)

shikamaru, Nintendo bought a lot of companies like Monolith Soft, they're still the same just with bigger budgets from Nintendo/make Nintendo exclusives. so yeah, they'd still be called SEGA if Nintendo buys them out.


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