Sega to cut 300 jobs, shifts focus away from boxed retail games to mobile and PC

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Sega has today announced it’s to cut some 300 jobs ahead of a massive restructuring of the business. Staff will be offered voluntary redundancy as the publisher moves away from packaged retail games to focus instead on mobile and PC online.

The publisher plans to shut Sega of America’s San Francisco office, moving its headquarters instead to Southern California. Downsizing will begin in February and continue into early summer.

The news comes not far on the heels of the recent success of Sega’s Alien: Isolation, which was met with critical acclaim and sales of over one million copies.

“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. The purpose of these measures is to improve the business efficiency of the Group,” said Sega in a statement.

“We are sad to say goodbye to some of the best people in the business and are indebted to them for their hard work and dedication through the years,” added Sega of America head John Cheng.

Sega say that upcoming game releases will not be affected by the lay-offs, though what impact the restructuring will have on future titles remains to be seen.

Thanks, VG247, Develop.