According to the indiscretion launched from the portal Video Game Chronicle, in the day when Sony sent into raptures the its users, announcing the launch of the PS5 and new details on the console, would also have proceeded to lay off numerous employees of the various divisions, both in Europe and the United States of America.
The anonymous sources of the VGC’s claim that Tuesday 8 October the leaders of PlayStation America would have traveled at the studios of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) of London to announce the restructuring of several departments, including those of marketing and public relations. To redundant employees would be given a notification and a meeting scheduled with the leadership team.
In the past, the regional divisions operated independently, but the renovation started on the first of April 2018 has provided a greater freedom of manoeuvre to the branch in north america as a PlayStation, or Sony Interactive Entertainment America (SIEA): from then on, SIEA, SIEE, and SIEJ respond directly to Jim Ryan, who this year became President and CEO. Therefore, in this situation, the american division would seem to have assumed a predominant role. The layoffs, in any case, would have also affected SIEA and some of its creative teams, not better specified. One of the employees affected by the restructuring has written, in a tweet now removed, as follows: “I can’t stand the fact that everything will go according to plan after the announcement of a PlayStation 5”, noting the odd coincidence.
It seems that the influence of the SIEA is so strong, that European employees were not even aware of the decision to announce the new details on the PS5 through the pages of Wired magazine. Also the State of Play would be part of a media strategy setup overseas without the contribution of the divisions of the Old Continent is no accident that the times are always chosen with an eye towards american players. The centralization would have caused a significant number of redundancies in the last 12 months, culminating with the restructuring that we talked about in the opening.
That all this has something to do with the recent and illustrious abandonment of Shawn Layden? Hard to say with the information at our disposal. Apparently, Sony has not yet commented officially on the matter, so you should take this information with pliers.