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Sega Lays Off 300, Moving Away From Console Games - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 30 January 2015 / 6,804 Views

Sega is moving its focus from consoles gaming to mobile and PC games. With this shift in focus Sega is offering 300 employees early retirement to help cut costs.

"Voluntary retirement will be solicited in the aforementioned businesses to be withdrawn or consolidated and downsized, while at the same time personnel will be repositioned in digital games and growth areas of Group mainly as development personnel, in order to establish a structure which can constantly generate profits," said Sega.

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38 Comments

SubiyaCryolite (on 30 January 2015)

This is painful to watch


michel3105 (on 30 January 2015)

And here we were dreaming of Shenmue 3, the fools of us!...


DevilRising (on 30 January 2015)

Right. Because if there's ONE crowd that is the biggest when it comes to Sega gaming/support, it's the PC gaming crowd. Perhaps if they just made BETTER GAMES, and brought some of their other old franchises back, and didn't make shady deals with BAD developers (Aliens, etc.), they wouldn't be in this mess. It is indeed sad to see. However, Sega's problems are, and always have been, their own horrible business sense.


Azuren (on 31 January 2015)

On PC, you don't have to make better games. Just charge $60 for a game, them put it on sale every other week for $8. PC gamers will buy it because to them, it has stopped being about quality games and has turned into Pokémon.

Gotta catch'em all.


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Azuren (on 31 January 2015)

On PC, you don't have to make better games. Just charge $60 for a game, them put it on sale every other week for $8. PC gamers will buy it because to them, it has stopped being about quality games and has turned into Pokémon.

Gotta catch'em all.


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Azuren (on 31 January 2015)

On PC, you don't have to make better games. Just charge $60 for a game, them put it on sale every other week for $8. PC gamers will buy it because to them, it has stopped being about quality games and has turned into Pokémon.

Gotta catch'em all.


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Azuren (on 31 January 2015)

On PC, you don't have to make better games. Just charge $60 for a game, them put it on sale every other week for $8. PC gamers will buy it because to them, it has stopped being about quality games and has turned into Pokémon.

Gotta catch'em all.


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Skratchy (on 30 January 2015)

Who would have thought that making nothing but terrible to mediocre games for 15+ years would be a bad thing?


Ganoncrotch (on 31 January 2015)

damn those console gamers, not buying trash.


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Mr Puggsly (on 31 January 2015)

Shame, where are all these untalented developers gonna go? The industry isn't gonna be the same without shitty Sega games.


atoker (on 30 January 2015)

So sad :( I guess it's easier for them to produce digitally.


Zugdar (on 02 February 2015)

Crappy games = Crappy sales That being said, its too bad their quality titles never really picked up the traction they deserved.


Dgc1808 (on 30 January 2015)

I hope their PC games are good.


Pho_Hybrid (on 01 February 2015)

As a person who switched over to PC, this sucks. Everyone should be able to enjoy their games no matter what. Sure consoles have had some questionable software sales, but that doesn't mean they should stop supporting them


HollyGamer (on 01 February 2015)

well i guest we will seeing more mobile game then PC games. I lol at people comment "they will make more PC games ". hahaha


Azuren (on 31 January 2015)

"So most of the West says they'll buy PSO2 on whatever platforms we putit on,many saying they would even pay a subscription. Since we already have an English version of the game, should we green light an official release?" "No. We're not done thoroughly making every former Sega fan hate us. Pour more salt in the wounds left by Sonic Generations." "How?" "Release Sonic Boom." "What?! That game isn't even halfway done! There are missing textures and scenes, and we've only debugged the first five minutes of the game!" "We know."


zedo0 (on 31 January 2015)

I wish NIntendo would buy Sega and save tons of classic IPs.


SnowPrince (on 31 January 2015)

Do you guys know which games are most responsible for this? I thought all of their games sold pretty well.


archer9234 (on 30 January 2015)

Holy....I don't know what to say.


Nem (on 30 January 2015)

A company without direction that keeps reducing in size. The sammy merger was the most terrible decision ever. It would've been best for SEGA to have closed than for this sad state of affairs


Nettles (on 30 January 2015)

The decline of consoles and rise of PC gaming shows no sign of slowing.


Chubomik (on 30 January 2015)

You know, when I go on Vgchartz, I expect more inteligent people.


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Chazore (on 30 January 2015)

Hopefully this new shift in focus will mean possible ports and new IP's on PC while also using PC's power at the same time with little restraint.


theprof00 (on 30 January 2015)

300, eh? Interesting. That is exactly how many employees were employed at Creative Assembly...the team behind Alien Isolation


kumagawa (on 30 January 2015)

Except Creative Assembly is in the UK and 250+ of the layoffs are from the USA.


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Bofferbrauer (on 30 January 2015)

Plus, they will need that studio if SEGA really wishes to concentrate more on the PC, especially with the Total War series.


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Yafea (on 31 January 2015)

Sad news to hear.


Sunstrider (on 30 January 2015)

Sad to hear. . .


DonFerrari (on 30 January 2015)

Will Sega fans blame Sony for it as well?


Nem (on 30 January 2015)

Apprarantly you are the only one that thinks that way. Sony has no fault on SEGA's fate and i'm sure every SEGA fan knows that. So, just drop it.


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Ganoncrotch (on 31 January 2015)

Idd Nem Sega were sealing their faith in gaming when the refused to let go of the moderate success of the Megadrive and kept sticking more life support add-ons to it long before Sony were on the gaming scene.


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HollyGamer (on 01 February 2015)

Some Xbox fan ex Sega fan will still blame Sony, believe...


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Heavenly_King (on 30 January 2015)

no more Yakuza games? nor Guilty Gear games??


GodOfPeace3 (on 30 January 2015)

They didn't make the Guilty Gear games. But they were thanked in the credits of Guilty Gear Xrd on PS3/PS4


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foodfather (on 30 January 2015)

This makes me sick. I want another Alien game, Vanquish and Condemned. Not weeabo shovelware like Hearthone.


cutzman25 (on 30 January 2015)

Well they only made console games primarily for the Wii U. So reading this isn't surprising


Multishanks (on 30 January 2015)

Aliens Isolation and Yakuza........


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Skratchy (on 30 January 2015)

Sega? You're joking right?


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