Nexon’s PC and mobile consolidation ends up with employee layoffs after all

    
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It looks as if rumored efforts to merge PC and mobile divisions weren’t just rumors, and according to Gamasutra, the company has closed two North American offices and laid off some of its staff here in the West in spite of reported promises to the contrary.

Nexon M and Nexon’s Division Partners Office are the ones hit by this round of “streamlining,” with some members of staff relocated to other positions while other developers have been laid off. Nexon’s Division Partners Office offered live support for Mabinogi, Rocket Arena, and one unannounced title, while the Nexon M office was a publishing location. The number of affected employees has not been disclosed, but they include staff from a variety of departments including live operations, QA, customer service, and community management. Former production manager Chris Jung has been kindly circulating a list of those affected and how to contact them in an effort to find them new positions.

According to a statement from Nexon, the layoffs are part of the company’s efforts to offer better support to the company’s live games, because apparently you provide better support by having fewer people around:

“Nexon has one of the most powerful live games capabilities in the industry, and streamlining its Western operation by consolidating mobile and PC/Console will allow us to leverage the capability of both organizations to create an even stronger presence for Nexon in the West.”

As alluded to before, these layoffs fly directly in the face of the reported rumor that Nexon’s moves to merge mobile and PC/console gaming divisions would end up shedding employees. We wish all of those affected by the layoffs the best of luck in finding new work.

source: Gamasutra
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Mewmew

“According to a statement from Nexon, the layoffs are part of the company’s efforts to offer better support to the company’s live games, because apparently you provide better support by having fewer people around”

Bwahaha – burned :P

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

Funny how video game industry rumors are usually true.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

So after spinning off groups to go into mobile…they realized mobile wasn’t a big money-maker afterall and start consolidating it back in…sorry to hear people got fired. (Let’s call it what it actually is, because being ‘laid off’ is just a nicer way of saying ‘F*2# off.’)

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Armsman

Suprise!…Suprise!…Suprise! (Well, not really…)

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McGuffn

In order to support live games you need assets and content. And those don’t grow on trees. If you’re spending lots of money on overhead like employee salaries you have less money to buy content for your games. This is Business Management 101.

To be honest I don’t see why the family doesn’t do what anyone else would do when they have a product nobody wants. Just put Nexon in the back of the car and drop it off at a local charity.

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silverlock

The whole point of merging divisions is to create redundancies so that you can lay people off and reduce overhead. Surely everyone saw this one coming.

My biggest concern for Nexon going forward is after failing to sell they are going to switch to profit taking with less investment in new products and more aggressive monetization of upcoming and existing titles.