Layoffs at Daybreak Games include EQNext Project Lead David Georgeson

Daybreak Games has just begun a series of layoffs, including the former development lead of Sony Online Entertainment, David Georgeson.

Daybreak Games - formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, the home of such big name titles as the Everquest series and H1Z1 - has recently completed a series of layoffs as the new owners of the company begin making cutbacks.

Among the employees laid off at Daybreak Games are David Georgeson, former director of development at SOE, and Linda Carlson, former director of global community relations.

Georgeson confirmed his layoff via Twitter, where he told followers "other dreamers will steer now." Carlson broke the news on her Facebook, saying that her position at SOE had been "the best and most challenging job I have ever had."

Daybreak Studios confirmed the layoffs in an e-mail statement to Polygon:

"As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming."

The full extent of the layoffs is not currently clear.


Jessa wears a lot of hats - anthropology graduate, mother, obsessive book nerd, writer of both fiction and non-fiction - but her favorite hat is that of the gamer - a hat she's worn since owning an Atari was a "big deal."

Published Feb. 16th 2015

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