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 SOCOM  Studio Zipper Interactive Hit By Workforce Reduction
SOCOM Studio Zipper Interactive Hit By Workforce Reduction
May 19, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

May 19, 2011 | By Kyle Orland
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Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed to Gamasutra that Redmond-based SOCOM and MAG developer Zipper Interactive has seen a "reduction in workforce."

A Sony spokesperson said the move was "of normal business practice and a result of cutting back on production resources after the launch of two major franchises." The studio will continue to support existing products and develop future projects, the company said.

Sources tell Gamasutra 30 or more employees may have been affected by the layoffs, a number Sony could not immediately confirm.

The news comes after word that SOCOM 4 lead designer and longtime Zipper employee Travis Steiner recently left the company to create an unnamed startup.

SOCOM 4 premiered outside the top ten sales list in NPD's monthly rankings for April, but the analyst group said the game would have made the top ten had bundles with a PlayStation Move controller and Sharpshooter gun accessory been included.

Sony acquired Zipper in 2006 after the company's SOCOM series had sold 7 million copies worldwide on the PlayStation 2. That series has now attracted 12 million sales since its 2002 debut, according to the Zipper web site.


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Brent Orford
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Sadly it is too normal of a business practice in the game industry.



I hope those affected land on their feet somewhere soon - and I'll also add that they can check out WBGames ( http://www.snowblind.com/Jobs/ or http://www.lith.com/Jobs/ ). It's a great place to work, we do have openings, and we're right down the street.

Joe kennedy
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"The news comes after word that SOCOM 4 lead designer and longtime Zipper employee Travis Steiner recently left the company to create an unnamed startup."



Yeah right,... like if Travis Steiner's Absence of Malice had something to do with this demise! Uh this guy is the long time lead designer and BTW the SOCOM franchise has suffer greatly under his watch. Someone else that can't seem to bring SOCOM franchise to AAA greatness is Seth Luisi.

Last name starts with an "L" for Looser!!!



These studios can't continue to survive shipping crappy titles unless their being funded by the cartels.

Zipper stands a chance at redemption hopefully these guys are part of those layoffs and have nothing to do with this studio again. Hope all the good that is affected find other jobs. Hope all that is poop, infect other studios that suck already.


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