Updated with info from the company: Sega has laid off
an undisclosed number of about 30 employees from its North American division, the video game software developer has just confirmed (while we’re waiting to hear back on exactly how many in the San Francisco office were let go, IGN puts the number at 30). It said in a written statement:
SEGA of America has grown at pace with the booming video game industry, but at this time of economic recession, harsh retail landscape, and the reality of business challenges to profitability, we must take steps to reduce our cost structure and ensure long-term success.
The layoffs follow deep job cuts at Electronic Arts last month, with more likely on the way from elsewhere in the sector. Sadly, on a day of great socio-political changes, the truism that the video game industry is recession-proof also seems to be on its way out.