PlayStation lays off 900 workers

PlayStation lays off 900 workers

Sony Interactive Entertainment is cutting around 900 members of staff from its workforce.

That's according to an email from boss Jim Ryan, sent to PlayStation staff and shared on the company's blog, in which the outgoing and CEO president said that this constituted about eight per cent of the firm's staff.

These job cuts are impacting staff in all of SIE's businesses. In the UK, PlayStation's London Studio is being closed entirely, while there are cuts at developer Firesprite.

"For those who will be leaving SIE: You are leaving this company with our deepest respect and appreciation for all your efforts during your tenure," Ryan wrote.

"For those who will be staying at SIE: We will be saying goodbye to friends and colleagues that we cherish during this process, and this will be painful. Your resilience, sensitivity, and adaptiveness will be critical in the weeks and months to come.

"This will not be easy, and I am aware of the impact it will have on wellbeing. Affected employees will receive support, including severance benefits. While these are challenging times, it is not indicative of a lack of strength of our company, our brand, or our industry. Our goal is to remain agile and adaptable and to continue to focus on delivering the best gaming experiences possible now and in the future."

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