informa
1 min read
article

Sony PlayStation lays off 90 North American sales and marketing workers

Sony is reportedly shutting down its "merchandiser" team in the United States, as well as other retail marketing jobs.

Axios is reporting that Sony is in the process of laying off 90 employees in its North American sales and marketing divisions. The impacted employees are part of several retail-oriented teams, including both a "merchandiser" team that sent reps out to different retail outlets, and associated retail marketing employees.

Employees were apparently told that the cuts were not being made as a result of any financial troubles (PlayStation's business is doing quite well at the moment), but apparently were part of a "global transformation" of Sony PlayStation's sales and business operations.

De-emphasizing retail sales would make some business sense in a world where retail space is rapidly re-orienting itself, both due to the improvements in digital and online distribution and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Still, business savviness can still lead to bad days for real people. One laid-off worker told Axios they were "disappointed" that Sony didn't tell their department about the cuts sooner, in order to find employees alternate roles.

Sony PlayStation's digital shift was also heralded this week by an expansion to PlayStation Plus to include a a subscription-focused offering. 

Latest Jobs

Disbelief

Chicago, Illinois
05.10.22
Producer

Build a Rocket Boy Games

Edinburgh, Scotland
05.12.22
Lead Animation Programmer

Windwalk Games

Austin, Texas
05.16.22
Game Designer

Sucker Punch Productions

Bellevue, Washington
05.10.22
Campaign Director
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more