NCSoft West lays off 20% of its staff and CEO departs

Join with prime gaming leaders in Los Angeles at GamesBeat Summit 2023 this Could 22-23. Register right here.

NCSoft West laid off 20% of its employees on Wednesday, and its CEO Jeff Anderson has parted methods with the corporate.

An organization spokesperson confirmed that the layoffs occurred in a press release, however declined to say how many individuals misplaced their jobs.

“We are able to affirm that we laid off roughly 20% of NC West’s workforce at the moment, primarily affecting non-game improvement positions, as a part of a world realignment with our company headquarters in Korea. The affected workers have been given severance and entry to sources to assist with job placement.”

Requested if Anderson was nonetheless with the corporate, NCSoft West mentioned, “Jeff determined that his time at NC had come to a conclusion, and we recognize his efforts with us.”

GamesBeat Summit 2023
Be a part of the GamesBeat group in Los Angeles this Could 22-23. You’ll hear from the brightest minds throughout the gaming trade to share their updates on the most recent developments.

Register Right here

Jeffrey Anderson left his job as CEO of NCSoft West.

That isn’t very useful when it comes to discovering out what occurred. However we’re within the midst of a world financial downturn and lots of tech corporations, in addition to some recreation corporations, are reducing again on employees. This week, Digital Arts mentioned it was shutting down its Industrial Toys recreation studio amid a shakeup in its cell gaming technique.

Anderson joined NCSoft West as CEO in July 2021. At the moment, NCSoft West had greater than 400 workers in studios in Aliso Viejo, Austin, Bellevue, London, and San Mateo. Anderson had 30 years of management expertise within the online game trade, having labored in an government capability at corporations together with Digital Arts, Paramount Photos, Turbine, Majesco, and Hasbro.

Anderson had labored on titles comparable to Ultima On-line in addition to Dungeons & Dragons On-line. Based mostly in South Korea, NCSoft was based in 2001 and it has had massive successes comparable to Aion, Blade & Soul, Lineage, and Guild Wars.

GamesBeat’s creed when protecting the sport trade is “the place ardour meets enterprise.” What does this imply? We need to let you know how the information issues to you — not simply as a decision-maker at a recreation studio, but in addition as a fan of video games. Whether or not you learn our articles, hearken to our podcasts, or watch our movies, GamesBeat will enable you be taught in regards to the trade and revel in partaking with it. Uncover our Briefings.