Sega of America plans to lay off 61 jobs in March, according to a California WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice) report. Eurogamer and user X @WhatLayoff first reported on March 8 in a government notice listing two separate job cuts classified as “layoffs.” a year plus brutal job cuts in the worlds of technology and gaming.
California’s NOTICE Act of 1988 requires employers to give 60 days’ notice of future layoffs, giving affected employees time to prepare. It applies to companies with at least 75 full-time or part-time employees and covers layoffs of 50 or more people within 30 days. It is not known exactly how many employees work at Sega of America.
The WARNING report lists separate layoffs (one of 12 employees and one of 49 employees) at two Irvine, CA-based Sega of America offices. Both job cuts have a “notice” date of January 8th, and reports have been “processed” by California on January 29th with “effective” dates of March 8th.
Communications Workers of America (CWA) Filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Sega After the publisher said in November it would lay off 80 union workers over the lawsuit. At the time, the organization said Sega presented the proposal at a captive audience meeting, describing the situation as “a clear case of collusion in bad faith.”
Allied Workers Guild of SEGA (AEGIS-CWA), the union representing Sega employees in the United States, he wrote X On Tuesday, the company revealed its latest plans “several months ago”, suggesting that the layoffs published in the WARNING notice were part of the same roadmap. The union said Sega plans to outsource quality assurance and some localization work “in a move that will have a significant impact on our workforce.”
Sega has not publicly confirmed the cuts. Engadget has reached out to a company representative and will update this article if we hear back.
The layoffs come less than two months after Sega said it would refresh the classics Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Shinobi, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage. Eurogamer mentions the company Like a Dragon: Infinite WealthLaunched last week, it was a high price for the publisher.