Perfect World Hit With Layoffs

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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Though there's yet to be any official word -- which will probably include language like "restructuring to better position ourselves for a competitive marketplace" -- it appears that Perfect World has been hit hard by a wave of layoffs this week.

MassivelyOP is reporting that the layoffs, called a "slaughter" by some involved, occurred yesterday and accounted for 18 people at Cryptic Studios alone. Champions Online is reportedly in a form of "maintenance mode," while former City of Heroes lead designer Matt Miller was among those let go, though he found time to plug the Hex $100k tournament on his way out the door.

Perfect World is working on another, "top secret" project, which apparently hasn't been affected by the layoffs, but MassivelyOP's source -- who is still employed -- admits to a "somber" feel around the office. We'll update this piece as we hear more confirmed news.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (9)

orthoseeker 7 years ago
i have played for 5 years now, pwi has gone threw many changes. some good, some bad. it gets harder and harder to make coins in game, even if you put dollars in to it. 3 years ago i had great gear, now i have some what good gear. it gets harder and harder to keep up with gear and coins when the games changes alot. i like some of the old ways but the expantions do help keep the game going

shckilly 7 years ago
i hope smirk is one of them :D

SqueezyTime 7 years ago
Guess it's...*puts on sunglasses*...not such a Perfect World after all.

duty14 7 years ago
Nobody gives a fck... PWE deserves to go down and I hope it will eventually. Money grabbing shit company with the worst ever community support...

Urs-00 7 years ago
I miss the time when PWE was actually and cared about their community, good old days... now they are dying xD

unmarked 7 years ago
perfect world doing bad? not surprised.

Xerlleon 7 years ago
Why are we seeing so many layoffs in the MMO/Gaming industry? What's the major cause of this?

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