Bumping this article up as we’ve learned of
two three more layoffs — Xelgad, Jeffrey Bard, and Fyreflyte.
From EQ and EQ2 Creative Director and awesome fire dancer Akil “Lyndro” Hooper‘s facebook (a public post):
Sitting in a room, getting laid off with some of the brightest and most talented developers I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
No idea what comes next, but if history holds true I’m sure that it will be fun.
From @Douglastweets (Endymion) who worked on EQ2 as a programmer and added a ton of stuff including Gear Sets to EQ2, helping EQ2U and Dragon’s Armory on Census stuff, and the planned Public Quests which were supposed to be released this summer with Game Update 71. on Twitter:
It was fun everyone. Time to update my Twitter profile… again.
this was probably my one stint in the games industry. 😛 I don’t want to go back to Seattle either.
From Aaron “Gnobrin” Bisnett’s facebook, who had been producing every piece of armor and weapons for the last several years, and is just a fantastic guy.
Well. That was a good run in game development. Thank you for the last 12 years, SOE.
Michael “Xelgad” Ganz has updated his Linkedin with the following info.
Systems Designer with over 6 years of experience
Previously on EverQuest II at Sony Online Entertainment.
Currently looking for new opportunities. Feel free to contact me for any location and opportunity.
Jeffrey Bard updated his Facebook last night.
I’m gonna miss you SOE. What a great group of people I got to work with! Let’s do it again sometime…
Jason “Fyreflyte” Woerner updated his Facebook employment status.
Community Manager Tiffany Spence (@KindaTiffy) announced on twitter:
It’s been an honor and a privilege. <3
Community Manager Aimee Rekoske (@Ashlanne) posted on Facebook.
Community Manager Kyle Manchester (@Hats) also announced. He did a lot of social media posts and livestream chat moderation.
Update @ 2:42pm PST
EQ2 Community Manager Racheal (@Afista) announced on Twitter that she’s been let go:
It appears as if I’ll have some more time for running some #EQ2 Heroics soon. Level 100 Warden LFG!
It sounds like all contracted employees may have been let go.
As for who’s safe?
So far we’ve heard from Kander, TTobey, Gninja, Windstalker, Maevianiu, Caith, Covic, Phatkins, Bunji, and Kaitheel.
Will update as we hear more of this terrible news…
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