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Layoffs at NCSoft

DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,523Member Uncommon

The hits just keep on coming for NCsoft. In the wake of City of Heroes' closure, the publisher's Seattle offices are apparently undergoing "realignment." The company has denied that the Seattle office is closing, but has noted that several positions in the office have been terminated as a result of recent events. No details were released regarding how many people have been let go or how this will affect titles under NCsoft's aegis.

 

NCsoft made a similar round of layoffs last year in October, with several offices hit with large staff reductions. This round comes in the wake of continued losses for the company, including a 12% reduction in revenue over the previous year, major losses already posted from earlier in the year, and a stock price that is currently half of what it was earlier in the year. Our best wishes go out to all those affected by these layoffs.

http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/12/04/ncsoft-offices-undergoing-realignment/

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  • fiontarfiontar Dana, MAPosts: 3,719Member
    Just to be clear, NCSoft Seattle is NOT Arenanet, Arenanet is "Arenanet: Bellevue" in the NCSoft corporate structure.

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  • RhoklawRhoklaw Ft. Bliss, TXPosts: 3,483Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by fiontar
    Just to be clear, NCSoft Seattle is NOT Arenanet, Arenanet is "Arenanet: Bellevue" in the NCSoft corporate structure.

    So what your saying is, NCSoft just cut off their pinky to stop the cancer from spreading, gotcha.

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  • muffins89muffins89 Yakima, WAPosts: 1,306Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by fiontar
    Just to be clear, NCSoft Seattle is NOT Arenanet, Arenanet is "Arenanet: Bellevue" in the NCSoft corporate structure.

    but they do help/work with guild wars 2. 

     

    Seattle, WA | Western publishing headquarters

    NCSOFT West is a division of Korean online game powerhouse NCSOFT and holds operating responsibilities for North America, Europe, South America, and Australia/New Zealand. With its game development studios on the North American West Coast and professional publishing organization in Seattle, NCSOFT West delivers some of the top MMO franchises to the gaming public, including Guild Wars®, Guild Wars 2®, Lineage® II, and Aion®.

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  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,916Member Uncommon
    Ignore, above just answered my question.

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  • KhinRuniteKhinRunite ManilaPosts: 879Member

    Kinda paints the picture that the news has to do with ANet or GW2, I wonder why...

    On the subject of redundancies and layoffs, project managers were probably some of the people who got canned. I think the programmers and artists are more likely to be transferred to different projects, but maybe not all will make the cut.

  • VolkonVolkon Sterling, VAPosts: 3,788Member

    ArenaNet is still hiring, by the way.

     

    In case someone's looking for a job...

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  • muffins89muffins89 Yakima, WAPosts: 1,306Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Volkon
    ArenaNet is still hiring, by the way.

    so is ncsoft west.

    I think the prostitute mod corrupted your game files man. -elhefen

  • PurutzilPurutzil East Stroudsburg, PAPosts: 2,924Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Volkon
    ArenaNet is still hiring, by the way.

    Layoffs tend to be focused around a particular area. Arenanet can be hiring yet still laying off, for example they might need a new janitor but they might be ridding of a dozen programers. Not to of course say that is happening, just a good note that layoffs doesn't nessisarily mean they might not be hiring at all either.

  • VolkonVolkon Sterling, VAPosts: 3,788Member
    Originally posted by Purutzil
    Originally posted by Volkon
    ArenaNet is still hiring, by the way.

    Layoffs tend to be focused around a particular area. Arenanet can be hiring yet still laying off, for example they might need a new janitor but they might be ridding of a dozen programers. Not to of course say that is happening, just a good note that layoffs doesn't nessisarily mean they might not be hiring at all either.

     My apologies for being slow adding the link. As you can see, they're not looking for janitors. Based on the huge updates planned for January, February and into the future on a monthly basis it's clear if there are problems with NCSoft, they're not related to ArenaNet or Guild Wars 2.

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  • evilastroevilastro EdinburghPosts: 4,270Member
    Originally posted by Rhoklaw
    Originally posted by fiontar
    Just to be clear, NCSoft Seattle is NOT Arenanet, Arenanet is "Arenanet: Bellevue" in the NCSoft corporate structure.

    So what your saying is, NCSoft just cut off their pinky to stop the cancer from spreading, gotcha.

    No, what he is saying is that a team completely unrelated to GW2 got made redundant.

    This news has nothing to do with GW2. Go post it in the CoH/CoV section. Although I suspect they already know about these layoffs.

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 2,926Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by evilastro
    Originally posted by Rhoklaw
    Originally posted by fiontar
    Just to be clear, NCSoft Seattle is NOT Arenanet, Arenanet is "Arenanet: Bellevue" in the NCSoft corporate structure.

    So what your saying is, NCSoft just cut off their pinky to stop the cancer from spreading, gotcha.

    No, what he is saying is that a team completely unrelated to GW2 got made redundant.

    This news has nothing to do with GW2. Go post it in the CoH/CoV section. Although I suspect they already know about these layoffs.

    Exactly.  Reported in the hopes that it gets moved out of the GW2 area.  I don't even play GW2 anymore and this stuff still bugs me.

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,205Member Uncommon
    The same thing kind of happened when they closed Lineage in the west too.  Only it was a smaller team and most of those got redistributed to other projects.  I'm not sure if NCK is just that bad to work for or NCWest is just that poorly run, but they always seem to have some sort of problem.
  • evilastroevilastro EdinburghPosts: 4,270Member
    Anyone who thinks GW2 is doing poorly financially is kidding themselves. They won't financially fail until they release an unsuccessful expansion.
  • ToxiaToxia Lake Charles, LAPosts: 1,319Member Uncommon

    What...does this have to do with GW2 exactly? Nothing? Just trying to stir the pot?

    You so clever.

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  • RizelStarRizelStar Raleigh, NCPosts: 2,773Member

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  • GorweGorwe Ald'RuhnPosts: 2,473Member Uncommon
    Let's take this in different direction, shall we?

    Which of their games, do you think is the LEAST important for them in the west?

    Idk that, but what I DO know is that nothing is to touch ArenaNet(even if they have to shut Down the whole NCWest, they'd do that before touching ArenaNet{and that'd be a smart choice}). Maybe Lineage 2? Aion?

    Anyhow, I Like NC politics on f2p subject(Aion/GW/GW 2/L2{I think it is}). Really fun games for really low price. Now who wouldn't Like that(as opposed to, say, modern Blizzard-really boring/copy pasta games for really High price)? Hehehe...
  • gipper36gipper36 santa rosa, CAPosts: 23Member
    WOOHOO NCSOFT CAN SMD,HOPE IT FAILS BY THIS YEARS END,SERVES THEM RIGHT FOR ENDING COH....SAVE COH PUT AN END TO NCSOFT BOYCOTT ALL THEIR CRAP!!!!
  • WraithoneWraithone Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 3,592Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Rhoklaw
    Originally posted by fiontar
    Just to be clear, NCSoft Seattle is NOT Arenanet, Arenanet is "Arenanet: Bellevue" in the NCSoft corporate structure.

    So what your saying is, NCSoft just cut off their pinky to stop the cancer from spreading, gotcha.

     

    Given that CoH was making almost $11 *million* a year for them, I seriously doubt this had anything to do with that.  There is no way in hell it was costing anything like that much to maintain.  Not to mention the timing. Once again, NCsoft manages to shoot themselves in the foot, in terms of their reputation in the west. 

  • botrytisbotrytis In Flux, MIPosts: 2,567Member
    Originally posted by Wraithone
    Originally posted by Rhoklaw
    Originally posted by fiontar
    Just to be clear, NCSoft Seattle is NOT Arenanet, Arenanet is "Arenanet: Bellevue" in the NCSoft corporate structure.

    So what your saying is, NCSoft just cut off their pinky to stop the cancer from spreading, gotcha.

     

    Given that CoH was making almost $11 *million* a year for them, I seriously doubt this had anything to do with that.  There is no way in hell it was costing anything like that much to maintain.  Not to mention the timing. Once again, NCsoft manages to shoot themselves in the foot, in terms of their reputation in the west. 

    11 million is not alot of money for servers, people with benefits, office space, etc.

     

    It may have been a strategic decision, given who they are aligned with now. NCSoft is big in the Far East and the US market is a drop in the bucket compared to that. Given that B&S was at 42 million just for the 3rd quarter alone in the Far East market, it seems to me that is what they are banking on along with Firefall and GW2.

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  • AmanaAmana New York, NYPosts: 2,538Moderator Uncommon
    Given there is more discussion in the other thread on the matter, closing this one and leaving that one open: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/370989

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