The lights are on
It seems like hardly a week goes by without the announcement of layoffs in the game industry. Square Enix is the latest company to be hit by the downsizing bug.
Joystiq Massively is reporting that that Square Enix has released staff at its Los Angeles offices, mostly from its online operations, including the games Wakfu and the upcoming relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Square Enix's director of public relations Riley Brennan confirmed the layoffs, but claimed that they would not affect any current or upcoming titles. Square Enix did not specify which areas of the company the layoffs affected. The official Square Enix statement is as follows:
In order to ensure it is operating effectively, the Square Enix Los Angeles office has reduced its workforce. This was a difficult decision and we wish the best for those affected by these changes. The decision will not have any impact on the operations of MMO titles. Customers can expect those services to continue, including the upcoming launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
We hope the people who have been let go can find new positions in the industry.