As part of an ongoing restructuring Sony announced today that it is closing three studios in its Sony Online Entertainment division. Those closings will see 250 jobs go bye-bye as studios in Denver, Seattle and Tucson close. This will leave Sony with just two studios: San Diego and Austin.
Sony said that “all possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern.” Sony said the restructuring will have no impact on the company’s existing portfolio of games that are already operating. The work in Denver and Tucson will be transferred to San Diego. In the past year, more than 20 million game players have visited Sony Online Entertainment games in the past year.
These closure apparently are happening the competition in the massive multiplayer online games grows with many of them being free and money being made through in-game purchases.