Ouch. Bad news for employees of the European branch of SEGA, as its been revealed that the company has confirmed multiple redundancies in the effort to reconstruct its departments. This reconstruction includes both the Sonic the Hedgehog and mobile game departments, two pretty big players for SEGA right now – especially considering the massive shake up happening to the Sonic franchise with Sonic Boom coming later this year.
Speaking to Polygon, a SEGA of America representative confirmed the job losses. In their own words:
“Sega is in the process of consolidating certain functions of the Sonic and Mobile departments within Sega of America, where the management and production for those areas of the business reside,” we were told. “As part of that strategy a limited number of redundancies have taken effect in our European office, based in London.”
This comes following layoffs late the previous year as a reaction to the “ever-changing environment” of the game industry, and closures of several offices in both Europe and Australia back in 2012 to focus on their four main franchises: Sonic, Aliens, Football Manager and Total War. Regardless, all the best to the people affected by this move for the future!