Perfect World Entertainment hit with potentially massive layoffs

Layoffs have hit Perfect World Entertainment. It was first rumored in a tweet by Ben PerLee, who had previously worked as PR for the company; the tweet has since been deleted, but a response calling it “a slaughter” remains [Nope, that one’s been deleted too now]. Matt Miller also tweeted today confirming that he had been laid off, having previously been working on Star Trek Online.

Captain Smirk, community manager for Star Trek Online, also appears to have removed references to his job with the game from his Twitter account. No official word has yet been put out regarding these layoffs or whether they extend beyond the one game into Neverwinter or non-Cryptic properties, and the threads discussing them on the official Star Trek Online message boards have been locked quickly by moderators. We are reaching out to PWE for confirmation and will have more on this story as it becomes available; until then, our sympathies extend to those affected by this staff reduction.
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The “DPS Parsers” all have an “Upload” button that sends your private information to @sarcasmdetector, a 19 year old IT major who is a bully, and will bully people off of the “DPS channels” and ruin their game. The “DPS Channel People” monitor all the channels, especially the “Public Elite STF Channel”, so if you speak at all on any channel, they can find you, throw your matches, and bully you and call you names. You cannot change your @handle, at all, ever, so in-game bullying can happen, and you must never speak on a channel again, sound discomforting yet? Neither PerfectWorld or Cryptic has the moral backbone to permanently ban @sarcasmdetector or any of the other bullies. They would have to ban at least 100 people, including “Starfleet Austria” who danced at Leonard Nimoy’s funeral at Vulcan in-game, because he was an Orthodox Jew. Or “Starfleet Dental” or any other fleet of purely disgusting, miserable trolls. PWE nor Cryptic will kick these people, driving whales like myself and my friends away from STO. I Loved STO since Beta , and would invest in the game thousands of dollars a month, but I can’t play anymore.

“If I can make someone stop playing, I consider that a SCORE!” – @sarcasmdetector.

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PWE took a long hard look at Cryptic’s 3 properties and decided where was the best place to put their dollars.  CO has been limping along.  STO just got a major update along with the Spock memorial and Neverwinter Nights … I don’t know how it’s doing.  Isn’t there enough swords and sorcery MMOs on the market already?  Sure it has a D&D pedigree but between WoW, ESO, GW2, AA not to mention EQ Next and Black Desert, I kind of think that genre is saturated.  And they tend to be populated by WoW players killing time until the next expansion.  And they’re there because they don’t have to pay monthly to kill time.

At least CO and STO are niche MMOs.  I don’t think they will be going anywhere, just new content reduced to a slow drip with CS handled by game vets instead of game knowledgeable staff.  Capt Smirk’s departure smells like CS consolidation or even outsourced.

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The shakeup at PWE and Cryptic really has put concerns in a tailspin. I enjoy both Star Trek Online and Neverwinter and have covered PWE’s games in the past — and looking at some of the names laid off from STO, especially Positron from City of Heroes (aka Matt Miller), I felt the pang of nostalgia for eras long past gone. The lay off of Captain Smirk is also unexpected, he’s been what I feel one of the better and more upbeat community managers for STO in some time. Good luck to all of them and to the people we don’t know had to go yet.

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MissingLynx the problem is once you hit cap..there aint a whole lot to do once you’ve fisnished the mission chains except to grind or fly about randomly, imo anyhow.

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Golden_Girl Damonvile BryanCole 
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Estranged ManastuUtakata Snky BryanCole 
FYI/In case anyone is wondering: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkerton_(detective_agency)

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

kofteburger It never was with them :-p

Polyanna
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agemyth I’m no business major, but this happens to all companies at some point.

The fact that people believe this is the reason that it happens.

Golden_Girl
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LegendOfVinnyT Business as usual then :-p

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Jack Pipsam PWE existing means it’s already too big for anyone’s good.