SCi cuts 25% of staff, drops 14 game projects

scigamesUK publisher SCi Entertainment announced huge restructuring plans that will cut 25% of jobs and cancel 14 proposed game projects. The company plans to keep a maximum staff head-count at 800, while the plan to cancel 14 games was based on that they wouldn’t generate enough return revenue.

SCi will switch from a "centrally controlled development and publishing model" to a "studio-lead business model". Therefore, the company will only focus on its core game properties: Tomb Raider, Championship Manager, Hitman and Deus Ex. Tomb Raider Underworld is currently expected this December for DS, Wii, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC and Deus Ex 3 is currently under-development.

New media and casual gaming will be published under Eidos Play brand, while production services (localization and Q/A) will be moved from London to Montreal to lower costs.

Lastly, despite ending all buyout talks back in January, SCi is still considering any acquisition offers for the company.

Phil Rogers, CEO of SCi Entertainment, said, "Following our business review over the last six weeks, we are initiating a clear action plan based on three fundamental strands of activity: a radical change in our structure to a studio-led business, a top to bottom programme of product improvement and efficiency and a considerable cost reduction plan.

I am confident our staff share this vision and excitement for the future, and determination to build a working environment where our innovation and creativity can be commercially realised."



  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Myspace
  • Google Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Stumnleupon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Technorati
Author: GamerNode Staff View all posts by

Leave A Response

You must be logged in to post a comment.