Sega of America to Relocate and Downsize

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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It seems hard times have fallen on Sega of America. The company president and COO, John Cheng, announced that the company would begin relocating from San Francisco to Southern California. He also stated the company would go through some downsizing during this move that would run from January to the early summer of 2015. You can check out the full statement below:

This move was crucial to keep SEGA operations moving forward throughout North America and to provide our millions of fans a strong pipeline of content across gaming, TV, merchandising, and more,” said Cheng. “We are confident that by relocating to Southern California we will be able to thrive, grow and become a stronger company because of it.”

Relocation packages are being offered to a number of employees, but there will be positions reduced from the company to streamline operations. The total number of employees affected by this move will be realized after the complete transition is finalized in early summer.

Cheng added, “We are sad to say goodbye to some of the best people in the business and are indebted to them for their hard work and dedication through the years.

Sega of America’s game release schedule nor the Sonic Boom television show will be affected by this move.

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  • I find this interesting, since this is amid them taking more risks in terms of what they’ve been localizing. I have to wonder how the sales of these types of games (and the prospects of them) are doing in comparison to their major line games– maybe stuff like Sonic Boom is why they’re doing this? One wonders.

    Obviously stuff like Project Diva is selling well enough in the states, that they’re bringing over Mirai, but I have to wonder what the numbers are for this.

  • Cameron Ward

    You know what they should do? STOP MAKING SONIC GAMES! It’s funny how people gripe and groan about how Nintendo only uses Mario, Zelda, and etc., but SEGA is much much worse than that.

    It might not be the big money makers, but here are some games they should make

    Valkyria Chronicles 4

    new Jet Set Radio

    new Skies of Arcadia

    keep localizing Yakuza (a.k.a your only good remaining franchise)

    make a new Binary Domain

    make a new Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing game with Sumo Digital and don’t be a jerk and be exclusive with characters.

    They have so many games they could work on, but they keep thinking Sonic is going to make them money no matter how horribly designed they are.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      They have tons more IPs too.

    • ragunaxl

      New skies of arcadia!

    • madmofo145

      Heck, an HD port of Skies of Arcadia legends, and localized PC ports of Valkyria 2 and 3 would make me super happy. It is super frustrating that they keep throwing money at Sonic while such great series languish. I’d also love to see a sequel to Resonance of Fate. A great game that had some problems, but whose building blocks could be turned into something truly awesome.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Honestly, best scenario Nintendo buys Sega……seriously