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Sega of America is reportedly set to lay off 61 employees, amounting to more than 10% of its total staff.
As spotted by a ResetEra user, the layoffs were listed on What Layoff, an automated X account which lists verified layoffs as they’re announced.
The account noted that, according to a California WARN notice, Sega of America “will lay off 61 employees on March 8, 2024”.
California’s WARN Act (which stands for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) legally requires companies to give 60 days notice before a mass layoff.
VGC has confirmed via the State of California’s Employment Development Department that Sega of America has given notice of plans for two separate layoffs of 49 staff and 12 staff, both of which will be made effective on March 8.
According to numerous employer information resources, Sega of America has roughly 440 staff, meaning a layoff of this nature would theoretically affect around 13% of its workforce.
Sega has yet to officially announce the layoffs – VGC has contacted the company for a statement.
The continual stream of mass layoffs across the video game industry shows no sign of slowing down, with job losses in January 2024 alone already surpassing more than half of 2023’s total.
It was revealed last week that Microsoft is cutting around 8% of its overall gaming division, which has around 22,000 employees – a total of around 1,900 employees.
Last week Riot Games also confirmed that it was laying off around 530 staff, representing around 11% of all employees.
Earlier this month Unity also announced a plan to lay off 25% of its workforce, totalling 1,800 employees.