Daybreak layoffs hit Landmark, EverQuest Next, H1Z1, more

Well, here’s a news post I didn’t want to write. SOE Daybreak Games has laid off popular Global Community Relations lead Linda Carlson as well as EverQuest franchise lead Dave Georgeson as part of a staff “realignment” that comes in the wake of the studio’s sale to a holding company last week.

“I have been released from the best and most challenging job I have ever had, ” Carlson posted on Facebook. “I thank you all for being part of that incredible experience. Too many people to thank personally, but know that I am extraordinarily grateful and very curious where life takes me now.”

Carlson started at SOE six years ago after making waves with her fansite TheBrasse.com. Georgeson also confirmed his release via Twitter: “Yeah, I’m sorry folks but it’s true. LM, eqn, eq and eqii are no longer guided by moi. Other dreamers will steer now.” Daybreak released an official statement on the SOE forums; we’ve included it below.

Dear Players, Partners & Friends,

Last week we announced that we were acquired and are now operating independently as Daybreak Game Company. To better position our newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and to deliver on our legacy of making top online games, we have had to make some tough choices including realignment of resources.

Unfortunately, this realignment means adjusting staffing as well. We announced today that we will eliminate positions in our San Diego and Austin studios. We deeply value our employees and never take these decisions lightly so we’ve done our best to do what’s right for the people affected. Although extremely difficult, these are necessary actions that will ultimately drive improved results and help strengthen our company’s foundation for success. Many of us are saying goodbye to close friends and colleagues who we’ve worked with over the years, and we are grateful for the memories and all that they’ve contributed. They will be greatly missed, and we wish them nothing but the best for the future.

These reductions will not affect the operation of our current games and as mentioned above, will help better position our company for future success. As we move forward, we are committed to delivering the best online games and working side-by-side with our players to drive the future of our online games.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Daybreak Games Team

EverQuest II guild RRC Raiders has been rounding up more names of those let go, including Endymion, Aaron “Gnobrin” Bisnett, Akil “Lyndro” Hooper, and numerous customer service reps. Steve DanuserEverQuest Next’s lead content designer, likewise tweeted and blogged about his departure.

MassivelyOP has reached out to Daybreak for more information. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the layoffs.

[Source: Facebook via EQ2Wire, with thanks to Chris.]
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bazildragon
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bazildragon

there is still a mmo rpg you can play and is just as respectible as eq with a better respective community in devs and players. its 12 years old now. i still play it and its fun.

spinedoc77
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spinedoc77

I feel bad for Georgeson, I would never wish a layoff on anyone.  But as an avid Everquest 2 player and raider who was there when he first came on board and watched him single handedly ruin the franchise I say good riddance.

Cambruin
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Cambruin

I’m sorry, but when big corporations ‘invest’ into gaming companies, it is never to add, only to subtract. They want a return on their investment and they want it yesterday.

ZaiyaKai
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ZaiyaKai

I don’t know how Smed keeps his job… they should have let him go and kept 5 of the people they sniped.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Nanulak This would be better if they hadn’t already become lean and mean with the previous closure of 75% of their development teams in the past year or two, and had several rounds of nasty layoffs previous to this latest situation as well.

Nanulak
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Nanulak

From my experience, over time organizations become bloated and salaries inflated.  House cleaning may be the best thing here.  Try to get back to “lean and mean” in order to remain competitive in today’s modern world.

Kherova
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Kherova

This sucks – like all layoffs. Guess you guys and gals are more sensible rif now than ever before. So am I, since it happened to me about 15 months ago.