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A message regarding reported layoffs at CCP

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CCP Falcon
#1 - 2014-06-05 15:14:38 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Falcon
Hey Guys,

As some of you may have heard today, there’s been reports of job cuts here at CCP in the gaming media. As part of our strategy to focus on the EVE Universe, today we conducted a restructuring that resulted in the layoff of 49 people in our publishing organization.

This has been a really tough decision for us to make, and though it’s hard to say goodbye to our friends and family, this action concludes the process we started several months ago to restructure CCP.

CCP has provided severance packages and job placement assistance for all those employees who are affected, and we wish them all the best for the future.

In terms of what this means for our games, development teams and plans for EVE Online, EVE: Valkyrie, DUST 514, and “Project Legion” are not impacted by the restructuring that has taken place today.

If you'd like to discuss what's happened today, feel free to do so in this thread.

Thanks,

- F

CCP Falcon || EVE Universe Community Manager || @CCP_Falcon

Happy Birthday To FAWLTY7! <3

Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#2 - 2014-06-05 15:45:21 UTC
Publishing organization? What exactly is in the publishing organization's portfolio?

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Nicen Jehr
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#3 - 2014-06-05 15:51:11 UTC
:(
do the guys who were let go get to say goodbye ITT?
Prince Kobol
#4 - 2014-06-05 15:53:05 UTC  |  Edited by: Prince Kobol
Benny Ohu
Chaotic Tranquility
#5 - 2014-06-05 15:54:01 UTC
publishing organisation? is that white wolf?
ISquishWorms
#6 - 2014-06-05 15:55:17 UTC  |  Edited by: ISquishWorms
Prince Kobol wrote:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/05/world-of-darkness-the-inside-story-mmo-ccp-white-wolf

and

http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/5/5782190/ccp-iceland-layoffs-eve-online


Speechless, other than to say that it sounds to me like some at the top need changing fast.

Best wishes for the future to the hard working staff that they let go.

‘No, this isn't it at all. Make it more... psssshhhh’.

Karash Amerius
The Seven Shadows
#7 - 2014-06-05 15:58:32 UTC
Yes White Wolf...

Which is a pity really....no one parties like White Wolf...I mean no one.

Karash Amerius Operative, Sutoka

Marcus Gord
Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#8 - 2014-06-05 15:58:39 UTC
here's hoping those who were let go will be alright.

thanks for what you've done for us o7

In a few moments you will have an experience that will seem completely real. It will be the result of your subconscious fears transformed to your conscious awareness.

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Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#9 - 2014-06-05 16:11:50 UTC
Hm. Also, that Guardian article is quite the bit of muck-raking. It looks like it was mostly based on the report of one disgruntled employee, but if even half-true there are some corrections that need to be made.

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3rr0rc0d3
#10 - 2014-06-05 16:12:35 UTC
Never a good thing to lose your job, but at least there is a severance package provided.
Best of luck to all 49 of them!

Also in before the obligatory "EVE is dying!" comments.

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Alundil
Rolled Out
#11 - 2014-06-05 16:14:58 UTC
Prince Kobol wrote:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/05/world-of-darkness-the-inside-story-mmo-ccp-white-wolf

and

http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/5/5782190/ccp-iceland-layoffs-eve-online

Just to add, NIck Blood, the guy in the Guardian article was CCP DropBear

Yes - some response on the allegations would be most warranted at this point. Especially considering the allegedly ghost-written "Sincere apology"

Even if this is, admittedly, a one-sided article since no one from CCP mgmt decided to reply to The Guardian, it is a pretty disheartening thing to read.

I'm right behind you

Prince Kobol
#12 - 2014-06-05 16:15:54 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
Hm. Also, that Guardian article is quite the bit of muck-raking. It looks like it was mostly based on the report of one disgruntled employee, but if even half-true there are some corrections that need to be made.


Well to defend CCP Dropbear, as far as I am aware there was no reason he should be disgruntled. He left CCP to go back to Australia.

Think it is unfair to say he was disgruntled.
Karash Amerius
The Seven Shadows
#13 - 2014-06-05 16:19:14 UTC  |  Edited by: Karash Amerius
Any sort of management needs to always understand this: People (workers) will never remember what you said in the past...but they will always remember how you made them feel.

Karash Amerius Operative, Sutoka

ISquishWorms
#14 - 2014-06-05 16:21:20 UTC
Prince Kobol wrote:
Makoto Priano wrote:
Hm. Also, that Guardian article is quite the bit of muck-raking. It looks like it was mostly based on the report of one disgruntled employee, but if even half-true there are some corrections that need to be made.


Well to defend CCP Dropbear, as far as I am aware there was no reason he should be disgruntled. He left CCP to go back to Australia.

Think it is unfair to say he was disgruntled.


Also if you can not refute the statements best to stay silent?

Often silence says a lot more than a loud response.

‘No, this isn't it at all. Make it more... psssshhhh’.

Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#15 - 2014-06-05 16:24:33 UTC
Hm. Fair enough, PK. Perhaps he isn't disgruntled, necessarily, so much as jaded and demoralized. What he says isn't what you'd expect of someone neutral or happy with the status quo.

That said, while I love EVE and I hope CCP does well, I'm still of the mind that there are elements of amateur hour here. By all appearances, CCP needs to tighten up its development processes and management.

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Karash Amerius
The Seven Shadows
#16 - 2014-06-05 16:28:35 UTC
I do remember Dropbear saying one of the great things about running as an NPC actor in Incursions (ie events) was that you could gank freighters at gates and collect the tears of players who just can't be bothered to check the map. Pirate

Karash Amerius Operative, Sutoka

I Love Boobies
All Hail Boobies
#17 - 2014-06-05 16:30:56 UTC
Something tells me the ship is starting to take on water @ CCP, and they're trying to do their best to bail the water out as fast as possible. I mean, they haven't even touted their subscription numbers like they used to all the time, and I find that a bit odd with as much as they did in the past. And you get them finally closing down White Wolf and all the other changes they have been making. Hope their bucket is big enough.
KIller Wabbit
MEME Thoughts
#18 - 2014-06-05 16:35:54 UTC  |  Edited by: KIller Wabbit
Alundil wrote:
Prince Kobol wrote:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/05/world-of-darkness-the-inside-story-mmo-ccp-white-wolf

and

http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/5/5782190/ccp-iceland-layoffs-eve-online

Just to add, NIck Blood, the guy in the Guardian article was CCP DropBear

Yes - some response on the allegations would be most warranted at this point. Especially considering the allegedly ghost-written "Sincere apology"

Even if this is, admittedly, a one-sided article since no one from CCP mgmt decided to reply to The Guardian, it is a pretty disheartening thing to read.


At the time I thought "Wow - he can write". But the nagging suspicion was there. Should have known better - CEO's do nothing on their own.
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#19 - 2014-06-05 16:40:41 UTC
I wouldn't go that far, ILB; but if WoD, Dust, and Incarna are any example, CCP definitely needs to tighten up. They have enough funding to do remarkable things, provided that they don't burn their resources on endless, cyclic prototyping. The keys are clear development paths and clear, concisely-expressed design vision to ensure that they can go from concept to deployment speedily and effectively.

Hopefully the new rapid deployment model is based on a change in CCP's internal methods, but I wouldn't bet on it until we start seeing it in action.

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Anna Karhunen
Inoue INEXP
#20 - 2014-06-05 16:41:05 UTC
o7 to the ones departing. Bright future for all of you.

As my old maths teacher used to say: "Statistics are like bikinis: It's what they don't show that's interesting". -CCP Aporia

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