Perfect World suffers more layoffs, this time in the EU

    
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Perfect World suffers more layoffs, this time in the EU

Massively OP has been contacted by a former Perfect World employee — who wishes to remain anonymous and whose identity we have confirmed — about a fresh round of layoffs to hit the company, this time at its European branch.

Our source says that around five or six people responsible for the entirety of the Russian market have been let go without notice, along with a French community manager, a German community manager, and an assistant product manager. The community managers had apparently been with the company only a few months. The Russian layoffs particularly surprised our source, as the source believes that Russia alone was responsible for a significant portion of PWE’s European income at one point.

Our source isn’t sure whether still more staff beyond these confirmed layoffs are affected, and we don’t know which games might suffer, though the French CM is believed to have worked on Forsaken Worldand the Russian team members were likely working on Neverwinter.

Earlier this month, Perfect World’s US division was slammed with layoffs, 18 of them from Cryptic Studios, the team behind Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and Champions Online, among other unannounced secret projects.

We have reached out to Perfect World and will update when we know more.

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Lctwo
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Lctwo

Hmmm haven’t heard of that movie. Will have to check it out.

Veldan
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Veldan

En_grosse syberghost “even Gameforge, a german(!) company only has english CMs” 

I think this is false. I just went to the Gameforge Aion forums, and there are CMs posting in German on the German forums. Pretty sure that means they are german CMs.

atppcug
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atppcug

Since CEO of PWE and PWEU has changed, I don’t think layoffs like this would be surprising.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Enikuo That’s not a shame at all :-p

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Emmanuel Carabott PWE doesn’t do glorious.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Chaosspeeder That’s Mad McQuaid levels of delusion :-p

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

F2P/P2W titles don’t really need community managers, as the focus of the game is the cash-shop, which can be mostly automated.

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

spacetail If they’re losing money and need to make cuts, maybe those decision makers aren’t such key employees?

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

Archebius Leaving PWE = landing on your feet :-p

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

BryanCo I thought that it already was? :-p