“Restructuring” is a terrifying word. It’s probably the most consistently used term for laying people off. And it, unfortunately, saw use again today as NCSoft does a spot of “restructuring” by “reducing” staff.
The layoffs have struck all of NCSoft West, with the exclusion of Guild Wars 2 dev, ArenaNet. According to an unnamed Carbine employee, talking to Polygon, the creators of WildStar were hit particularly hard, losing over 60 team members.
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NCSoft made a statement in regards to the layoffs earlier today.
“Today we announced a restructuring of key operations within NC West. As a result of this restructuring, we are implementing staff reductions across our Western operations with the exclusion of ArenaNet. While decisions like this are always hard, they are necessary as we begin the implementation of a new strategy designed to strengthen our footing as a leader in global entertainment.
“Moving forward, we will continue to focus on our core development capabilities and the intellectual properties (WildStar, Aion, Lineage, and Guild Wars franchises) that have made NCSOFT what it is today. However, we are looking to move into new business segments like mobile and tablet games as well as explore emerging technologies.
“Again, the decision to reduce staff was not an easy one, and we sincerely wish everyone well in their next endeavors.”
WildStar launched back in June to a fairly positive welcome, yet it exists as one of the few MMOs that charges a subscription, something only World of Warcraft and EVE, among notable MMOs, have managed to make work for them in the face of the model’s decline.