I just want to take this time to tell you guys the truth, not the half truths and not some clickbait articles that mainstream media have been passing around. I usually ignore this talk of ‘SEGA is dead’ or ‘SEGA is going out of business’ because this has been talked about in the mainstream media since the late-90’s and I just assumed we were over these types of things. We are on the internet, I assumed someone would have pointed out fabrications if there where any and it seems not many have.
So is SEGA going to stop supporting consoles with games? The answer is: No. Here is what the statement from SEGA-Sammy said:
Local organizations managing packaged game software in Western markets will be streamlined. In the U.S. Sega of America Inc. based in San Francisco will be relocated to Southern California by this summer and its existing office in San Francisco will be closed, thereafter, which results in reducing fixed expenses, mainly in corporate functions.
SEGA has stated that they want to focus more on digital games and PC due to the area having a bigger profit margin and considering there are over a 125 million active users on Steam and a billion plus market on phones, do you really blame them? Focusing on digital titles doesn’t mean that they aren’t making console ‘packaged software’. Nowhere in their press release did it say they were going to stop making console titles. If anything, they literally announced that they were bringing Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax to the West two days prior to this restructure announcement and a bit before that they announced Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX for 3DS.
Hey, but if that wasn’t enough, a few days ago Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka re-confirmed via interview with the Japanese site 4Gamer that Sonic the Hedgehog wasn’t leaving the console market:
“Personally, I don’t plan to stop Sonic for home-video game consoles. Don’t worry about them! And enjoy!”
SEGA-Sammy is doing what good businesses do, they are restructuring to make profits, not just in SEGA America but also its Amusement division (arcade). This mean’t that they had to fire a total of 300 employees, they moved their San Francisco offices to Southern California and that they will ‘focus’ on businesses bringing in the most profit. This just happens to be the mobile and PC digital market. Does this mean they aren’t making console games? No and nowhere in there statements does it say that. If mainstream ‘gaming journalist’ actually did research they would have known as such. Another thing not mentioned in these click-bait articles is that there is also a SEGA Europe and a SEGA Japan who aren’t mentioned in these reports, meaning the ‘focusing on digital and PC‘ seems to be directed at the American branch.
Read our report on SEGA-Sammy’s Q1 2015 earnings report to find out what recent games did well and what bombed.Ad: