In a company-wide email that was forwarded to Polygon, Sony Online president John Smedley expressed intense distaste for having to lay off employees, calling it a “horrible, sickening experience.” According to Smedley, while many of the company’s games are performing well, layoffs were necessary to bring expenses in line with revenue.
“For the past year we’ve done everything possible to avoid this situation,” said Smedley. “We rightfully should have done this nearly a year ago but we have been fighting very hard to keep this from happening.”
“I know most of the people we’re laying off today. Some of them have been with us here since the beginning. None of them deserved this,” he said. “Our goal as a company needs to be to make incredible games and grow again so we can bring our friends back.”
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