Nexon America hit with a round of layoffs Nexon says is insignificant

GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that Nexon America has undergoing a round of layoffs. The number of affected employees is currently unknown, though a source reportedly told the publication that it may be as many as 20% of the American branch, and Twitter suggests that some of the company’s most front-facing employees – community managers and brand marketers – were hit.

A South Korean Nexon representative says that the restructuring is an attempt to “streamline operations and reset the organisation to pursue a deeper focus on our most promising titles,” claiming that while there were indeed layoffs, “the numbers do not represent any significance to [Nexon’s] overall workforce.” The spokesperson also deflected assumptions that the layoffs are related to the collapse of LawBreakers.

Our sympathies go out to those losing jobs and coworkers this week.

Source: GIbiz
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mike foster

These layoffs included the VP of marketing so it’s not just low-level folks, either.

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Grave Knight

I know it won’t be, but I kind of hope the layoffs start from the top of Nexon America. Those are the bone heads making the stupid decisions.

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BDJ

PleaE enlighten us oh wise one. What horrible decisions have they made? Please, list everyone of them. Then do us all a favor. List which decisions they made that they weren’t given direction from the mother ship on.

Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

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Grave Knight

Firstly, is being opening hostile a great way to start in sort of conversation?

Secondly, Dungeon Fighter Online while under the Nexon of America banner didn’t receive any of the updates that the Korean version got, which included the free respec, new classes, etc. It wasn’t until Nexon of America closed it down, it being absent from the west of years, and a completely different subsidiary of Nexon, Neople, brought it back to the west did we get any new content. Furthermore under Neople it has been incredibly successful.

Thirdly, Combat Arms is fully a Nexon of America game, it’s not a Nexon, they don’t have Combat Arms, the only thing that comes close is Counter Strike Online. Combat Arms the game full of pay to rent OP guns, and pay to have a chance to get OP guns. Want to win? Get the super OP sniper rifle of one shot kill at any range and no consequence for using, it even works in CQC weeeeeee.

Fourthly, LawBreakers. Yes, they didn’t develop it but they are the publishers and that means they share the responsibility for that game’s success and failure. They didn’t use any sort of influence to try and change the game to something successful? Nexon of America does have considerable experience with multiplayer FPSs (even if they do shove pay to win stuff into them).

And, exactly why are defending the executives of Nexon of America?

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Dystopiq

Lawbreakers got hit hard. Losing a job is not fun

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Xijit

Nexon has been flatline in the west for some time now … Vindictus being the last release that made the slightest splash.

They make their money in Japan and Korea, not the US, so most of the people who got laid off had a good idea it was coming.

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Sorenthaz

It’s honestly because their monetization models are often predatory in nature or will purposely put you at an inconvenience unless you pay up. Last I checked years ago, Mabinogi was very slowly easing up on its cash shop shenanigans. Vindictus though from everything I’ve heard about endgame = the typical P2W Korean upgrade lottery where upgrades are super expensive/RNG-based and it encourages you to buy junk off the cash shop. Also Vindictus leaves you stuck with stupidly ugly undershirts/pants and it costs a large chunk of money even to simply remove it per character.

It’s super unfortunate because games like Vindictus and Mabinogi would’ve had more popularity early on if their money-making methods didn’t feel sleazy as heck. For a time in Mabinogi, for example, you couldn’t get a mount for free so you’d have to buy one from the cash shop. Guess what one large region was full of? Horses running around and being way faster than you, almost like they were playing a psychology game of “don’t you wish you had one of these as a mount?” Same goes for the Vindictus underarmor junk. They purposely made the default a total eyesore that looks horrible with certain armor just to tempt you into paying up $10+ or whatever to remove it.

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kgptzac

Overall, my take on Mabinogi is that the game has became more p2w, not less. Sure it must have sucked to not have a horse when those were a new thing, but paying for premium service + rebirth cards + pets were way more equalizing than paying for reforge crap, and all the equipment with top tier stats that only come from gacha, instead of blacksmith players.

I remember the time Vindictus had only cosmetic “rentals”, and the ridiculous daily limit on number of dungeon runs. It seems far more likely for Vindictus to have changed for the better than Mabinogi.

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Nathan Aldana

yeah, im sure that makes the affected feel even better that their jobs were apparently “insignificant”

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Xijit

I am sure that is not what they meant … And also perfectly exemplifies why it is a really bad idea to shit can your western PR reps.

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Mark Jacobs

Never like to see this happen. Best of luck to those adversely affected.

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Utakata

May not be insignificant for the folks getting laid off though…

…my thoughts and best wishes to those effected in hoping the best works out for them.

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Nate Woodard

I feel like there’s no circumstance where layoffs are insignificant. If you can’t afford to pay all hired employees there’s a problem.

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bobfish

The rep probably meant that it wasn’t a large number of people when compared to how many Nexon employ globally. It’s a really bad way to phrase it though.

I imagine that 20% of the American branch is probably about 0.02% of their total employees.

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traja

It can be if the work is moved overseas or the workers are being replaced by automation. Although I don’t believe either of those apply in this situation.

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Dro Gul

I think you missed the point entirely. When people are laid off their lives are tossed to the wind. That includes their spouses and dependents. There is more involved than a decimal on a spreadsheet.

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traja

No I don’t think that I did. At least my interpretation was that this was about the company perspective since their ability to pay wages was mentioned. But you are of course right. Being laid off is never insignificant for the people being laid off.