Perfect World has laid off under 30 employees, ‘no impact’ on MMOs

This has been confirmed. See the end of this post for the statement.

We’ve had multiple reports this week that PWE has laid off an unknown number of employees from its MMORPG teams and substudios. At least one appears to have been Community Manager @LaughingTrendy, who worked on multiple PWE games, including Star Trek Online.

Former STO Community Manager (and Massively-that-was alumnus!) Brandon Felczer seemingly confirmed the nature of the departure, tweeting, “They are insane for doing that to her. What a loss to their communities.”

We reached out to the studio last night; PWE has confirmed to Massively OP that it will have a statement later today, which doesn’t sound good. We welcome additional information from those involved; tipster anonymity will as always be protected. Our sympathies extend to everyone affected.

With thanks to David for the initial tip-off.

Update: PWE has issued the following press statement to MOP:

“This week, Perfect World Entertainment did experience a reduction in staff of under 30 employees. Perfect World employs thousands of people from all over the world and decisions like this are always difficult. However, we are incredibly grateful for the contributions of those individuals impacted and will do our best to help each of them through this transition. This reduction in workforce will not impact any of the games published by Perfect World Entertainment.”

Meanwhile, across the hall.

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Flotsam Jetsam

Just so I get this straight:

STO had one of the biggest years in history and….they’re laying of @LaughingTrendy.

https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10364703

7 Years Strong!

Star Trek Online has just reached its 7th Anniversary, and has now had a run equal to any of the Star Trek television series!
I know that before the launch of STO, way back in the winter of 2010, the whole development team hoped the game would have a long life, provide incredible adventures, and bring the Star Trek community together around new story lines in their favorite galaxy.
Simply reaching this milestone is amazing, but I’m proud to announce we also had the biggest year in the history of the game while hitting that mark.
This achievement just goes to show that Star Trek Online has one of the best communities gaming, and that the Star Trek universe is as strong and vibrant as ever.

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Cassandra Drake

They laid off the 30 people left in the company that still knew lock boxes are a really shady thing and the same as scratching a lottery ticket. Plan for 2017 moar lockboxes and p2w

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mysecretid

Not comforting.

I was really kind of hoping that PWE had got past making dubious decisions. And Laughing Trendy was an exceptional Community Manager, in my opinion. I’m sure most of you can imagine how peculiarly difficult it can be navigating 50+ years of outspoken Star Trek fans.

I hope somebody good hires LT quickly!

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Shiro Madoushi

Who got laid off at Trion Worlds today?

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StonerMk2

WTF how do you layoff @LaughingTrendy!? That woman is an amazing CM! Hopefully she’ll get picked up soon.

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Sorenthaz

Same was said of Elrar at Trion.

CMs are the most expendable members of any game studio, unfortunately.

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starbuck1771

Correct when it comes down to it the community team is more expendable then the game developers.

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JonBuck

On the other hand, Cryptic itself just listed their openings on Facebook. https://www.crypticstudios.com/openings

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capt_north

Drive-by endorsement for @LaughingTrendy: if I were running a game, I’d be recruiting her like she was cleric and I was on my last hit point. Coherent, professional and engaged with the community, she’s a coup for the company lucky enough to land her.

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Darthbawl

MOP (and specifically this article) was mentioned/linked on a Twitch stream earlier today, someone playing Star Trek Online. Sorry, can’t remember who the streamer was. LOL

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kofteburger

Perhaps PWE is about the acquired by Columbus Nova.

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mysecretid

Perish forbid!