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Sumo Group to Lay off Up to 15% of Its Staff

Sumo Group to Lay off Up to 15% of Its Staff - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 June 2024 / 1,838 Views

Sumo Group announced in an attempt to reduce costs it will be laying off up to 15 percent of its staff across Canada, UK, Poland, Czech Republic and India.

"Whilst Sumo has been able to manage through many of the recent difficulties the games industry has faced, we have not been immune and reshaping operations across the business to better navigate the upcoming challenges expected in the coming months is a path we must now take to ensure the security of the business going forward," said Sumo Group in an announcement.

"The difficult decision to reduce our costs across the business in a number of ways is a direct result of these challenges, and unfortunately will include a reduction in the number of people the business can support. Every alternate route to limit the impact to our people is being considered but sadly this process of transformation will affect up to 15% of our people across the Group in Canada, UK, Poland, Czech Republic and India.

"This is an incredibly challenging process to go through for everyone at Sumo and our focus is now on supporting our people and working with our partners on their games as we move forward to ensure we emerge from this difficult time, ready for the future."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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pokoko (on 11 June 2024)

The reality for the gaming industry is that not every job description is needed all the time. The business side has realized that portions of their payroll are superfluous at any given stage during development. I expect to see more publishers treat many employees as temporary contractors, even if they are hired on as "permanent" staff, laying off and hiring again when necessary.

The irony is that they probably aren't saving nearly as much money as it appears. Training new staff costs a lot of resources, extends development time, and is likely to have a negative impact on quality but I imagine all they're thinking about is how good those cost reduction numbers look when they present them to the shareholders.

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G2ThaUNiT (on 11 June 2024)

Tencent owned studios are going through layoffs now?!?! Not even the largest gaming company in the world is safe.

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V-r0cK G2ThaUNiT (on 11 June 2024)

If MS, the richest company, can do it then surely anybody can.

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Azzanation (on 11 June 2024)

Bloody Microsoft..

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