SOCOM Studio Hit With Layoffs; Sony Calls Them Routine

Scuttlebutt has it that the Sony Computer Entertainment studio Zipper Interactive, maker of combat shooters MAG and the SOCOM series, lost several employees in a round of layoffs today. Reached for comment, a Sony spokesperson confirmed layoffs at Zipper, characterizing them as “normal business practice and a result of cutting back on production resources after the launch of two major franchises.” Sony would not specify how many positions were lost.


  • Layoffs are normal in any business, as Sony has said this is to downscale operations post game releases. Many of these positions are probably people in PR, quantity assurance, some interns etc.

  • Then they should confirm that they are contract, temp or casual positions. I will never be happy with “normal business practise” for layoffs of useful fulltime employees, just because the project was finished.

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