SEGA Europe COO Jurgen Post told GamesIndustry International this morning that the European arm of the company will close five offices this year in France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Benelux. The company will also tighten its focus on core brands and transitioning its business towards digital distribution of product. Those core brands include such franchises as Aliens, Sonic, Total War and Football Manager.
"We are aligning business strategy, and we will be closing our offices in France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Benelux," SEGA Europe COO Jurgen Post told GamesIndustry International.
Post would not reveal how many jobs would be cut and emphasized that the closures have a lot more to do with exiting territories. Total War developers The Creative Assembly and Football Manager developers Sports Interactive will not be affected.
As for distribution in Europe, Sega says that it will work with Koch Media who will handle distribution in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, France and Spain; while Level 03 will handle Benelux; and 5 Star Games will handle Australia.
You can read the rest of what Post had to say about the changing nature of the video game industry as it relates to Sega Europe, by checking out this GamesIndustry International story.
Source: GamesIndustry International