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Many PlayStation Employee Laid Off After PS5 Announcement; Microsoft Seeks Retention

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Along with the announcement of the official launch of PlayStation 5 next year, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe would also have laid off dozens of employees.

The information comes from the website of Video Games Chronicle, which also reveals that the measure is part of an attempt to unify several arms of the industry, as each has different marketing teams.

In a Twitter post, one of the now former employees (@JC_Art_) lamented the decision last Tuesday: “I hate that this is going to be drowned by the PS5 announcement.”

The tweet has already been deleted, but others have posted on Wednesday, saying he loved to work for PlayStation, and that a “group of talented & passionate people are out of a job and now looking for work,” including coordinators, managers and designers.

The former employee also says that he regrets the layoffs even more because it was an amazing place to work. Recently, another change took place at the company when Shawn Layden, president of PlayStation Worldwide Studios, announced that he would be resigning after 32 years.

But the future of Sony’s layoff may be predictable: going to compete with its biggest competitor in the console market, Microsoft. After hearing about the lost positions, Aaron Greenberg, who works in the Xbox division, tweeted that the company has several openings for Seattle.

“Sorry to hear the news, if folks are open to being in Seattle we do have some roles posted. If I can do anything to help those in the industry impacted please let me know,” Greenberg said on Twitter.

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