Sega Studio Australia down-sizes, fires 37 people

Sega Studia Australia (SSA) are cutting 37 jobs since their development on the game “London 2012 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games” is almost complete and the studio is going to shift their focus to downloadable titles:

As part of this focus on digital avenues, there is a requirement to re-structure the studio resources accordingly and regrettably, we are announcing the loss of 37 staff. The decision to downsize was not taken lightly but this strategic re-structure will ensure we have a more effective and agile team that will enable us to quickly adapt to consumer needs and deliver strong content across multiple digital platforms.

Apparently, there are several games in development right now:

We can confirm that SSA has signed a multi-product deal focussing across the digital marketplace. We have commenced development on these titles and will announce more details in the near future

It’s always pretty sad when people loose their jobs, especially since several other studios in Australia have recently shrinked in size. I hope for the best for these people.

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