Sony Laying Off Around 900 PlayStation Employees Worldwide

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
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Credit: Sony

The company has announced its decision to lay off workers globally, affecting several PlayStation studios.

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE) has announced today that the company has decided to lay off around 900 employees, around 8% of the company’s global workforce. Sony’s layoffs are the latest wave that has impacted the gaming and tech industries throughout 2024, after Riot Games and Microsoft.

Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, announced the news earlier today and shared the email sent to the employees. According to Jim Ryan’s announcements, several PlayStation studios will be affected, and employees across America, EMEA, Japan, and APAC will be severely impacted.

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PlayStation Cuts Off 8% Workforce Globally

On February 27, 2024, Jim Ryan emailed PlayStation employees that the company had decided to reduce the workforce. In addition, Ryan also shared the news on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s website.

The PlayStation community means everything to us, so I felt it was important to update you on a difficult day at our company. We have made the extremely hard decision to announce our plan to commence a reduction of our overall headcount globally by about 8% or about 900 people, subject to local law and consultation processes. Employees across the globe, including our studios, are impacted.  

These are incredibly talented people who have been part of our success, and we are very grateful for their contributions. However, the industry has changed immensely, and we need to future ready ourselves to set the business up for what lies ahead. We need to deliver on expectations from developers and gamers and continue to propel future technology in gaming, so we took a step back to ensure we are set up to continue bringing the best gaming experiences to the community.

Jim Ryan, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment

Several PlayStation studios are impacted because of the global reduction in workforce, including Sony, which has decided to close the London Studio entirely. Jim Ryan’s email also mentioned that the impacted employees will be notified today.

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Himel Mahmud is a Staff Writer and Social Media Manager at GameRiv. A former FIFA Professional, Himel has been playing video games forever. He plays video games passionately, loves football and an avid music listener.