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Square Enix cuts staff from LA office

Square Enix has laid off multiple employees from its Los Angeles office, according to a statement made to Polygon. The publisher did not comment on the number of employees affected.

"We can confirm that Square Enix's Los Angeles office has eliminated a number of positions as part of the corporate restructuring announced last week," Square Enix's statement said. "This is an unfortunate situation and we are offering assistance and severance packages to any employees affected by this, we want to thank them for their hard work and sincerely wish them well in the future."

The location cut several employees in December, though "major reforms and restructuring," which stretched to the resignation of founding president Yoichi Wada, prompted this round of terminations.

The LA location's principle businesses are listed as "planning, development, publishment and sale of entertainment products and services" on Square Enix's worldwide holdings page.

27 comments

  • TheDudeFromNowhere - April 3, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    Its getting pretty rough and ugly down there in the comment section...stay away....
  • Talvari - April 3, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    Geebus Squeenix. Lower your expectations :| I'm hoping this isn't because of ludicrously high development costs. I wonder how well they think Lightning Returns will sell, because i reckon they'll be dissapointed >.> Even if the game turns out to be great people won't still buy it cuz like..butthurt because of XIII series and stuff not being some almighty final fantasy game.
  • KaizerKid22 - April 2, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Uh... Square? The fuck?
  • Cyberninja - April 2, 2013 10:03 p.m.

    Wait a second I just realized if Eidos is located in Canda and Europe, then what does Square LA do anyway? , oh right I just looked into this, So in other words a certain birdie has been going ballistic over a small graphics research studio.
  • winner2 - April 2, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    Just you wait, they're gonna fix these problems by FF13-13: Unlucky Lightning and then they'll crush EA in one fell swoop.
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 2, 2013 7:07 p.m.

    Not sympathy, no. Just a little less malice. Yes, they lost money due to their own malpractices, but that isn't a valid argument, seeing as that's how money usually gets lost... whether it be on hookers and cocaine or gold flaked toilet paper, malpractice is malpractice. But the fact remains that when companies lose money, even little "mom and pop" shops, they have to cut losses, those losses are usually employees. It's shitty yea, but it's business. I thought it would be pretty obvious that if shit hit the fan, SE would close a Western branch, seeing as they are an Eastern company at heart, it makes sense. Don't get me wrong, it's terrible that people are losing their jobs due to a company's incompetence, but these things happen in business... Companies take risks, sometimes they pay off, other times they don't. I don't think what SE did was right, but it's just the way it is, there's no use getting up in arms...
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 2, 2013 7:07 p.m.

    This was meant as a reply to Falcon...
  • haipayazoo - April 2, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    Took the words right out of my mouth.
  • BladedFalcon - April 2, 2013 8:23 p.m.

    ...So are we supposed to just accept this as okay because "business is business"? SO then what? companies are free to just whatever they want even if it's incredibly stupid and shitty just because they are a business? I don't really see what you're defending here, to be honest. I think it's pretty easy to see that the reason SE is losing money is because they themselves are screwing up, and heck, they aren't EVEN being like Activision or EA and pumping out what the masses want. If they released KH3, That FF/ remake, and FF Versus XIII, most people would be all over that shit in an instant, but they haven't done even THAT. I mean, yeah, that's the state of things, but I don't think we should just accept it anymore, how exactly is it fair that instead of downsizing the studio responsible for the disaster that was FFXIV, they get a second change instead, and the one branch that HAS been cranking out good games gets axed? I don't care if it's "Business" it's shitty practice, and it shouldn't be condoned.
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 2, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    You don't need to accept anything as okay... It doesn't change the fact that that is what a business is. Companies are not allowed to do whatever they want, again, Falcon, you're being a bit melodramatic. I'm not defending anything, I'm just pointing out that personal morals and beliefs are moot in this argument. This is a black and white case: when money is lost, spending of said money gets cut. Unfortunately, the Western front of an Eastern company got the axe, it's a shame, but not a surprise. If a Canadian maple syrup company here in Ontario was facing financial trouble and decided that downsizing was their best option, would they close down their maple syrup factory in Ontario, or their maple syrup factory in Vermont?... Exactly. (yea yea, so the automotive sector didn't follow that rule, sue me). Now, if I'm forced to actually defend something, it'll be SE's conduct towards games... SE has never rushed a game when it's come to FF (using FF for sake of argument). Not until 13/13-2. And look what happened there? Personally, I really liked both, but a lot of people didn't. SE was not used to that... I don't know where I was going with that. KH3 has not been released, but we all know it's coming. a remake of FFX is being released (much better than VII) and Versus, even though the name was changed, has basically been confirmed. Now, would you really want those games to be rushed and thrown out the door merely to prove that SE can appease their fans impatience? Of course not. Finally, and maybe most importantly... SE is a big company... a BIG successful company. This company will not close down a valuable asset and risk losing money, they will cut the least important sect of their company... If the LA studio was as valuable as you say, Falcon, then SE would not have closed them. Remember, they are interested in making the most money in the last amount of time. Now for a company that has made so many great games, and created (on a personal level) many great memories and experiences, I trust that this business move was the most intelligent move to make, if staying alive is what SE wants... And I think we all know that that is what SE wants. Believe me, I rarely defend companies, but when you look at this logically instead of passionately, it does become less upsetting.
  • ParagonT - April 3, 2013 5:51 a.m.

    "I'm just pointing out that personal morals and beliefs are moot in this argument." Consumers can judge a company by what they do, whether it makes sense business-wise plays no part in how consumers can view the situation. That's not our job. If I don't like a company that supports hate groups (recognize this anyone?), then I can bring my personal morals and emotions into it. Just like a company that gives a quality product over its competition at a lower price, it means absolutely nothing if you knew they had child labor or used some other means you do not agree with to produce it. Just because a path is paved in gold means nothing if its been built upon the misfortune of others and indifference along the way. Your last paragraph also does a lot of assuming although mate. Companies are run by humans, humans makes mistakes and brings a slew of other variables into the mix. I think Falcon is meaning that how crappy is it working in a branch of a company that seems to have dug themselves into a hole through bad decisions and is using your job and livelihood as a body ladder while leaving you in there? Whether I agree with calling them out or not isn't really the point I'm making, but I think your little jab with "dramatic" may not have been the best use of words. BUT! You two have fun! You two are regs on here lol.
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 3, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    I agree with a lot of what you're saying, for instance, I refuse to buy Nike products and I do my best to stay away from Wal Mart because of my beliefs regarding those companies. But when it comes to a (fairly) respectful company making a prudent business decision, one that just might save their skin and allow them to continue making great games. I don't think it's the right time to cast stones, ya know? I obviously think it's terrible that those people in LA were thrown under the bus, and if this behavior continues then I would definitely sling some shit SE's way, but I don't see it as a malicious act. Something had to be cut so that SE could stay afloat, it was inevitable. I dunno, I mean, I totally agree with both you and Falcon, I just don't think this is the right situation to bring ethics into play. I get a kick out of both of your comments a lot of the time definitely no animosity haha
  • BladedFalcon - April 2, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    What's this??? Squeenix is also in for the race of shittiest VG company??? We have a new challenger everybody!!!
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 2, 2013 6:36 p.m.

    They did lose a shit load of money, didn't they? It's unfortunate, but these things happen. Don't you think it's a little dramatic to say they are in the race for shittiest game company? I'll wait to see what happens next before I pounce.
  • BladedFalcon - April 2, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    Um... you DO realize that if they lost a ton of money is entirely their fault and because of their own practices, right? All the games they supposedly "lost" money with actually sold pretty damn well, so if they lost money even though all of them sold over 2 million copies, it's a problem of the company itself, not of the developers of the staff they just fired. Also, have you seen how Shitty Square Enix has been for the last years ASIDE from Eidos's games? Tell me exactly how many good games have come out from squeenix japan recently, FFXIII was a mixed bag at best, and they decided to follow it up with TWO sequels that no one asked for. Not to mention the whole disaster with FFXIV and that they STILL want to re-release it instead of moving on! Are you seriously asking me to have sympathy for a company that has done nothing but screw itself up time and time again, and that the only good branch they have is the ONE that they are putting the blame on and downsizing?
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 2, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    I meant to reply here, but my comment went above... sorry dude
  • Cyberninja - April 2, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    Dude Square Japan just made Bravely Default and Good is very subjective since I am one of the nonexistent people who are glad to have 2 FF13 sequels. Also in the case of The LA branch being downsized if they don't meet their expectations of course they will be the ones to lose people if you look at it from the perspective of a business, not of personally beliefs about what games are good and bad, since all square games English and Japanese usually score well and sell to the target audience
  • Cyberninja - April 2, 2013 7:32 p.m.

    crap this was reply to falcon, someone needs to fix the comment section
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 2, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    I second this, I could have sworn I clicked on Reply...
  • BladedFalcon - April 2, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    Okay... Bravely Default, that's ONE decent, not revolutionary, but decent RPG... And yet you forget that they also just released "All the bravest" which is one of the biggest pieces of crap that have been released this year so far, and banked purely on drawing in FF fans with nostalgia... and nothing else. And for your argument about expectations... Tell me, you honestly think FFXIV met anyone's expectations? And yet, how is it that the game is being REDONE and rebranded? that's a ridiculous waste of money on a brand that has an already tainted name, and yet they got far from being downsized... And yet the people that are making good games, but didn't "meet expectations" are getting axed... even though it wasn't really the game's fault? again, tomb raider made 3.7 millions in two weeks? how the fuck is that considered below expectation? if it is, the it's the company's fault for having skewed expectations, not the developer's.

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