Sony PlayStation announces global job cuts of 900 as industry landscape shifts

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Key notes

  • Restructuring aims to ‘future ready’ PlayStation as gaming trends and economic conditions evolve; follows similar moves by Xbox
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Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), the gaming division behind PlayStation, announced a restructuring plan on Tuesday that will result in the reduction of approximately 900 jobs, representing roughly 8% of its global workforce. The move is attributed to evolving industry trends, economic shifts, and the company’s need to adapt as it seeks to maintain its position as a gaming leader.

Jim Ryan, CEO of SIE, acknowledged the impact of the decision in a statement, saying, “These are incredibly talented people who have been part of our success, and we are very grateful for their contributions. However, the industry has changed immensely, and we need to future-ready ourselves to set the business up for what lies ahead.”

Key Points:

  • Global Impact: Job cuts will impact employees across all SIE regions, including the Americas, EMEA, Japan, and Asia-Pacific.
  • Studio Closures, Reductions: The London Studio will close entirely, while Firesprite, along with other UK-based functions, will see reductions.
  • Restructuring Focus: The decision underscores PlayStation’s efforts to streamline resources, adapt to changing development and distribution models, and remain focused on the long-term sustainability of the business.
  • Support for Impacted Employees: SIE will provide severance benefits, and where applicable, initiate support programs to assist departing employees.

Ryan emphasized that the decision, while difficult, was made to ensure the ongoing success of the PlayStation brand in a rapidly changing market. “We need to deliver on expectations from developers and gamers,” Ryan stated, “and continue to propel future technology in gaming.”

You can read Jim Ryan’s email to Sony SIE employees below:


Subject: Important Update Regarding Organizational Restructuring 


It is important to provide you with updates about the business as often as possible. Today, I am writing with sad news. Through discussions over the past few months about the evolving economic landscape, changes in?the way we develop, distribute, and launch products, and ensuring our organization is future ready in this rapidly changing industry, we have concluded that tough decisions have become inevitable. The leadership team and I made the incredibly difficult decision to restructure operations, which regrettably includes a reduction in our workforce impacting very talented individuals who have contributed to our success.  

After careful consideration and many leadership discussions over several months, it has become clear changes need to be made to continue to grow the business and develop the company. We had to step back, look at our business holistically, and move forward focusing on the long-term sustainability of the company and delivering the best experiences possible for our community. The goal is to streamline our resources to ensure our continued success and ability to deliver experiences gamers and creators have come to expect from us.  

I want to be as transparent as possible with you, our partners, and our community about what this means:  

  • We envision reducing our headcount by about 900 people, or about 8% of our current workforce 
  • There will be impact for employees across all SIE regions – Americas, EMEA, Japan, and APAC  
  • Several PlayStation Studios are affected 

I know that receiving this news will be hard and unsettling and you are wondering what this means for you. Timelines and procedures for how we approach this will vary based on your location due to local laws and regulations.

  • For those of you in the US, all impacted employees will be notified today.  
  • In the UK, it is proposed:  
    • That PlayStation Studios’ London Studio will close in its entirety;
    • That there will be reductions in Firesprite studio;  
    • And that there will be reductions in various functions across SIE in the UK.

The proposed changes mean that we will enter a period of collective consultation before any final decisions are taken. All employees who are part of the collective consultation will be made aware of the next steps today.  

  • In Japan, we will implement a next career support program. Details will be communicated separately.  
  • In other countries, we will begin conversations with those who are potentially at risk or impacted as a result of this proposed course of action.  

For those who will be leaving SIE: You are leaving this company with our deepest respect and appreciation for all your efforts during your tenure. 

For those who will be staying at SIE: We will be saying goodbye to friends and colleagues that we cherish during this process, and this will be painful. Your resilience, sensitivity, and adaptiveness will be critical in the weeks and months to come.     

This will not be easy, and I am aware of the impact it will have on wellbeing. Affected employees will receive support, including severance benefits. While these are challenging times, it is not indicative of a lack of strength of our company, our brand, or our industry. Our goal is to remain agile and adaptable and to continue to focus on delivering the best gaming experiences possible now and in the future. 

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult period. Please be kind to yourselves and to each other. 


Last month, Microsoft announced that it is laying off around 1900 employees from its gaming division which had around 22,000 employees. Xbox, ZeniMax and Activision Blizzard employees were affected as part of these lay offs. You can read more about it here.

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