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After the Layoffs Sony is Now Working on Hiring Again; Insider Explains What Happened

by on March 27, 2014 5:16 PM 534

It’s no mystery that multiple studios within Sony Computer Entertainment have undergone a thinning process lately, with multiple rounds of layoffs, and hiring has slowed down as well, with very few development-related career opportunity ads posted on SCEA’s and SCEE’s website.

Yet, it looks like Sony Computer Entertainment of America is now at the beginning of the upwards phase of the recruiting cycle again, and the company posted two new career opportunity ads seeking a recruiter and a recruiting coordinator.

Within the duties listed there is, of course, “Developing and administering staffing/employment/recruiting programs,” and it’s very interesting for two positions of this kind to be staffed at the same time, probably meaning that Sony either wants to restructure or expand its recruiting department.

Major Update: Col Rodgers posted on NeoGAF to correct Pete Dodd’s report of his departure from Sony Computer Entertainment and Evolution Studios. His post is reported below in its entirety. 

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Hello, all.

This is my first post on NeoGAF, and whilst I’m not generally one to deal in internet speculation, I have to put the record straight with regard to Pete Dodd’s comments above.

Everything he has said with regard to myself and Driveclub is incorrect. It’s also libellous.

As Putty (who is a personal friend of mine, and has been for about 25 years) suggests, I left Evo in February for personal reasons. The personal reasons being that my son, who is 4 years old, has been diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, which is a potentially life threatening condition. I live 220 miles (4 hours drive) away from Evolution Studios, and was away from home 5.5 days a week. Given the circumstances, I could not continue to work there.

Driveclub is a great game, and the direction hasn’t changed since my departure. This has been confirmed by SONY in various press releases over recent days.

I have no problem in dealing with very large projects, as I’ve been working in the games industry for the last 19 years, and have worked on some very prestigious titles, so there is genuinely no truth to anything posted by Mr Dodds at all. My departure (and indeed the setup of my ‘indie’ operation, BigRedSwitch) is 100% driven by family necessity, not some professional failing on my part.

I left SONY on very good terms. There is no animosity there, and I was absolutely nothing to do with the recent redundancies – in fact, the news of those redundancies was probably linked on here before I knew about them.

The games industry is a tough place at the moment. My circumstances with my son mean that I’ve had to leave secure work in order to try to make my own way in the world. This may entail getting another job. With people who obviously know nothing about the situation blackening my reputation for the sake of internet ‘fame’, this could be made much more difficult. It’s nothing less than trolling.

I’ve contacted Mr. Dodd on his email address on his site. Due to the factual inaccuracy of his statements, I’ve informed him that he needs to remove the statements and apologise for the damage they have caused, as posting incorrect information and claiming it’s true is quite simply libel.

I’m sure you can all appreciate just how difficult things are for myself and my family at the moment. I’d genuinely appreciate it if you can take my statements as word from the origin, and realise that there has been no big cover-up when it comes to my departure from SONY/Evo.

Thanks, all.

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Pete Dodd himself apologized for the faulty reporting, and while the correct report by Rodgers matches the vision that there’s no big disruption at Sony Computer Entertainment we apologize ourselves to Mr. Rodgers and our readers for relaying incorrect information on Rodgers’ departure.

I have talked to Col Rodgers personally and his side of the story is vastly different than what I posted yesterday on gaf.

I apologize. I shouldn’t have gone there. Office gossip isn’t news. Col is a good and talented guy who left on his own accord.

The original statements by Dodd have been removed, as Rodgers’ take on the issue casts doubt on Dodd’s whole report. The rest of the article can be found below:

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Another industry insider, Ahsan Rasheed, also added his take on what’s happening at SCEE on Twitter.

What I can say is- Europe is having a reset button pushed and the entire spectrum from top to bottom is being reshuffled for efficiency.

The London Studio is known mostly for Singstar and various casual things, so I imagine things aren’t too surprising on that front.

On the other hand, NeoGAF user DemonNite, who is known to work at Sony, also mentioned that he isn’t worried.

Things change indeed. I’m not worried either and see things from the inside.

Update: there seems to be a discrepancy on Driveclub director Col Rodgers leaving the company, as mentioned by user Putty, that allegedly knows Rodgers personally. We included it below as there are almost always two or more sides to something as complex as someone leaving a company, depending on who you ask to:

Mort, Col Rodgers left Evo for personal reasons in Feb, he wasn’t pushed, he left on his own terms, and certainly wasn’t replaced and let go. I know this because he’s a friend of mine, so please be sure next time of the accuracy of your information.

While we should always take what is said by insiders with the proverbial grain of salt, the job opportunities posted today offer further solidity to Dodd’s post, as it’s quite evident that Sony Computer Entertainment is simply taking part in the natural cycle of layoffs and hiring.

It’s always disheartening to see people leave or lose their jobs, but people move around and it happens in every industry. Other industries simply don’t have hungry press hounding companies in order to create stories that often are made bigger than what they are.

Join the Discussion

  • Jessika S.

    Next time re-read your stuff and please stay away from using the world shit so much. Can’t take something like this serious.

  • Phil Balliet

    Comments Section: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    • You are flat out wrong

      That’s you after your precious VGchartz showed that whatever gains the Xbone made by Titanflop was wiped out by the PS4 last week. What a blunder!

      • Phil Balliet

        I don’t play numbers, I play games.

        • You are flat out wrong

          And you’ll be repeating that after the Xbox firesale to Amazon.

          • Phil Balliet

            Xbox isn’t bleeding cash, Sony is. Thanks for trying.

          • shinitaru

            Xbox IS bleeding cash, luckily MS has enough money to cover it, but how long do you think the shareholders will tolerate that money pit?

          • Phil Balliet

            If that makes you feel better.

          • chrisredfield31

            it really is true, Xbox is bleeding cash. How people get confused is that the whole of Microsoft is not bleeding cash, so that equates to the Xbox division not bleeding cash, and that’s the difference there. The Xbox division on it’s own can bleed cash while the main company Microsoft can be fine. Exactly how Sony Computer Entertainment can be turning a profit on Playstation but yet Sony as a whole is not doing so well.

          • Gabrielsp85

            MS entertainment division is composed of Windows Phone, Surface and Xbox, and yes they have lost millions on that division but saying is just the Xbox division is wrong

          • shinitaru

            Nope, don’t really care. PS4 is doing well, that’s all that matters to me.

          • Phil Balliet
          • shinitaru

            Means nothing to me, have your fun. I’m sure that will help boost the sales of the XB1

          • Phil Balliet

            Lmao it has to do with the article on this page full of Bullshit & lies. Pay attention.

          • shinitaru

            I just checked and you know what? I still don’t care. It said “rumor” right in the article. As I said before, even the rumor of Sony’s recovery is enough to make you fanboys panic. Insecure much?

          • shinitaru

            ;D

          • You are flat out wrong

            Hahaha, one hit wonder Anchorman. Maybe he’ll make another crap video about it.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Xbox has made a $3 billion total loss over the last 12 years. The shareholders despise it. It’s happening. :)

        • shinitaru

          So I see, you play games on the forums

          • Phil Balliet

            So you deny the forums are a bunch of whining children. Fine with me.

          • shinitaru

            No, I wont deny that, I’m just saying that you are one of those whiny children.

          • Phil Balliet

            For the sake of letting you feel like a winner, WAAAAAAAAAAH! There I’m a whiny 34 year old.

          • shinitaru

            Didn’t know we were competing, but you illustrate my point, maturity has nothing to do with age

    • Xtreme Derp

      Infamous is technically superior in every way. 1080p, 35 fps average (according to DF), open world, next gen visual effects, cutscenes are mostly realtime, etc.

      If you think a 900p, 20 fps average, QTE corridor brawler with copypasted barbarian enemies and CG movie cutscenes “looks better”, that’s your dumb and delusional opinion.

      It’s still a fact PS4′s hardware is superior and its games are technically more advanced as a result.

      Factual PS4 Hardware Advantages: +6 CUs, +560 GFlops (44% greater), +16 ROPs, +6 ACEs/CQs, better GPGPU support, better performing CPU, and faster unified memory. PS4 OS may also have less overhead or reserves.

      Both Sony and MS have world class coders that will extract every bit of performance out of their consoles with their drivers/APIs/SDKs. The difference is PS4 simply has more powerful hardware to work with, so it will always stay ahead in graphics performance.

      PS4 will have better performing games for the entire generation as it has more powerful hardware, you can’t overcome a hardware gap with better drivers/SDKs.

      Once again, Sony has 14+ first party studios and more if you include ready at dawn, etc. They’re bound to have occasional layoffs and people leaving for other opportunities or personal reasons. You should get worried if they start shutting down 3+ studios.

      Not every project they make is going to make it out the door, and people get different jobs in this industry all the time.

      Canning doomed projects instead of throwing more money at them is a good thing, otherwise you end up with Duke Nukem Forever or Daikatana.

      Sony will be just fine and you can expect lots of quality first party games in the future. Cutting unnecessary costs or losses now is a good thing for long term business survival.

      PS4 6 million, Xbox 3.5 million by end of Feb 2014. PS4 will still outsell Xbox globally March 2014 despite price drops and Titanfall bundles.

      Xbox will hardly sell anything in smaller “tier 2″ markets already dominated by PS3 and PS4. The global gap is growing wider and won’t stop, Xbox will never surpass PS4 in global sales. End of story.

      They’re doing what they need to avoid further losses, which is a GOOD thing. Of course in your dumb as rocks business flunkie brain you think businesses should never downsize or get rid of underperforming assets.

      Your favorite piece of plastic is getting dominated by PS4 in sales, games performance, and dev support, causing you to harbor fevered delusions about Sony going bankrupt. Sorry, won’t happen anytime soon.

      The Xbox brand has lost MS billions of dollars, with Xbox One set to continue that trend. It’s a business failure that MS shareholders increasingly want to get rid of.c

      • Phil Balliet

        I didn’t play Ryse wtf are you babbling on about.. 13 territories (xbox) vs 56 territories (ps4) & you wanna try to tell me ps4 sells better. You are a funny fuckin dude coming at me like the rest of your fanboy friends who attacked me for leaving a comment that apparently hurt upset you people. I do my research, your little numbers game means nothing to me, ps4 being slightly more powerful means nothing. PC being the most powerful machine means nothing. Why does that shit matter? Because you need bragging rights? Good for you. I play games, where ever they are doesn’t matter, I’ll play any console, or Pc & sometimes my phone. I own Wii U, is that a problem oh you wanna tell me how its a piece of shit too? Listen.. Xbox is my prefered console & it doesn’t matter if its the weakest or the strongest, I play games & in the end Xbox has what I like for me & my kids. My wife uses Xbox fitness & TV. Dreamcast > PS4. It ain’t about no graphics or power here. It ain’t about no sales numbers, because I don’t get paid for those companies doing well or not. I’m a gamer, a family man & i make my own choices so thanks for telling us about how your bias is decided & enjoy your Ps4.

        • Xtreme Derp

          PS4 6 million, Xbox 3.5 million by end of Feb 2014. PS4 will still outsell Xbox globally March 2014 despite price drops and Titanfall bundles.

          Xbox will hardly sell anything in smaller “tier 2″ markets already dominated by PS3 and PS4. The global gap is growing wider and won’t stop, Xbox will never surpass PS4 in global sales. End of story.

          Your favorite piece of plastic is getting dominated by PS4 in sales, games performance, and dev support, causing you to harbor fevered delusions about Sony going bankrupt. Sorry, won’t happen anytime soon.

          The Xbox brand has lost MS billions of dollars, with Xbox One set to continue that trend. It’s a business failure that MS shareholders increasingly want to get rid of.

  • Mark

    Good, Stig was overrated and GOW3 sucked hard.

    • truthtellerdealwithit

      Get a life scumbag. People being fired isnt good.

  • jb223

    The only loss that has bothered me was Amy Hennig. Stig made a great game in GOW 3, but he also had a great template to work from, so it really is unknown how great he would be in creating a new ip. Same for Justin Richmond, he worked off of the UC2 template and while everything was fine in that game, Amy Hennig’s story was really the thing that saved it from being just a good game and turning it into something Uncharted calibre. Game directors can be replaced and while I wouldn’t ever downplay their role, for me the best games are the most creative, w/ the best stories and most compelling worlds, and Amy Hennig was easily one of the best creative hands in gaming bar none. Definitely hoping she sticks to games and I will definitely be looking forward to whatever she tries her hand at next. Not necessarily worried about Naughty Dog’s future but they will have to prove their excellence to me again instead of me just totally trusting in everything they put their seal on.

  • shinitaru

    Only 399 comments? Come on guys, you aren’t even trying

    • Gannicus

      ah 399 is that = to the prcice of PS4!!! lol sorry

      • shinitaru

        but mine was 400….yeah but I’ll give you an upvote for it, I chuckled

  • stealth20k

    I feel like this needs to be posted. This is also what I was afraid of from the beginning.

    http://m.neogaf.com/showpost.php?p=106121033&postcount=1393

    I hope this site learns its lesson on “insiders”

    Some of you were really mean and hurtful, and honestly you owe me a big apology.

    • shinitaru

      Okay, I’m sorry…sorry that Giuseppe didn’t boot your ass out of here. Not that I need to worry, seems you cannot control yourself

      • stealth20k

        Your trolling everyone and generally annoying, consider this my last and final response to you.

        • shinitaru

          Good, wont miss you.

    • Xtreme Derp

      Ridiculous cherry picked screenshots that don’t prove anything.

      thuway and mortimer have inside connections to the industry, they’ve both called things before. You on the other hand are a constantly wrong fanboy and insufferably spergy.

      • stealth20k

        Anyone can guess and be right. They have both proven they are not worth listening too when it comes to insider stuff……why am I even responding to you?

  • Joe Vicious
    • You are flat out wrong

      So it wasn’t because Sony’s bleeding money then, Joejoe?

      Your cancerous conjecture led us down this path. Hope you’re satisfied.

      • Xtreme Derp

        If any employee leaves Sony it’s because Sony is bankrupt and doomed. Duh.

    • Xtreme Derp

      Infamous is technically superior in every way. 1080p, 35 fps average (according to DF), open world, next gen visual effects, cutscenes are mostly realtime, etc.

      If you think a 900p, 20 fps average, QTE corridor brawler with copypasted barbarian enemies and CG movie cutscenes “looks better”, that’s your dumb and delusional opinion.

      It’s still a fact PS4′s hardware is superior and its games are technically more advanced as a result.

      Factual PS4 Hardware Advantages: +6 CUs, +560 GFlops (44% greater), +16 ROPs, +6 ACEs/CQs, better GPGPU support, better performing CPU, and faster unified memory. PS4 OS may also have less overhead or reserves.

      Both Sony and MS have world class coders that will extract every bit of performance out of their consoles with their drivers/APIs/SDKs. The difference is PS4 simply has more powerful hardware to work with, so it will always stay ahead in graphics performance.

      PS4 will have better performing games for the entire generation as it has more powerful hardware, you can’t overcome a hardware gap with better drivers/SDKs.

      Once again, Sony has 14+ first party studios and more if you include ready at dawn, etc. They’re bound to have occasional layoffs and people leaving for other opportunities or personal reasons. You should get worried if they start shutting down 3+ studios.

      Not every project they make is going to make it out the door, and people get different jobs in this industry all the time.

      Canning doomed projects instead of throwing more money at them is a good thing, otherwise you end up with Duke Nukem Forever or Daikatana.

      Sony will be just fine and you can expect lots of quality first party games in the future. Cutting unnecessary costs or losses now is a good thing for long term business survival.

      PS4 6 million, Xbox 3.5 million by end of Feb 2014. PS4 will still outsell Xbox globally March 2014 despite price drops and Titanfall bundles.

      Xbox will hardly sell anything in smaller “tier 2″ markets already dominated by PS3 and PS4. The global gap is growing wider and won’t stop, Xbox will never surpass PS4 in global sales. End of story.

      They’re doing what they need to avoid further losses, which is a GOOD thing. Of course in your dumb as rocks business flunkie brain you think businesses should never downsize or get rid of underperforming assets.

      Your favorite piece of plastic is getting dominated by PS4 in sales, games performance, and dev support, causing you to harbor fevered delusions about Sony going bankrupt. Sorry, won’t happen anytime soon.

      The Xbox brand has lost MS billions of dollars, with Xbox One set to continue that trend. It’s a business failure that MS shareholders increasingly want to get rid of.

  • Gannicus

    So naïve!!!! you talking BOUT MORPHEOUS OR ANYTHING, oops didn’t know caps were on but to think Zuckerberg is going to take ocukus rift and leaver iot to it own devces is stupid, hey if it does fait enough but I reall;y cannot ser it hapening

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  • Anthony Tarantino

    If Sony is laying off people to save money, why would they hire more people? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of downsizing?

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