Sega Lays Off Over 120 Employees At Relic Entertainment

Relic Entertainment, formerly known as THQ Canada, has released a statement addressing that over 100 employees will be laid off by Sega Europe, their parent company. This announcement comes three months to the day after the release of Company of Heroes 3, citing "external factors negatively impacting the wider industry". 

"Relic Entertainment and SEGA Europe want to share the difficult news that our studio has been impacted by layoffs, affecting 121 employees. This comes at a time when external factors are challenging our industry more than ever, and we made this decision to restructure our organization to ensure maximum focus is placed on our core franchises.

We’re confident that following this necessary restructuring, Relic will be in a position of strength to continue delivering outstanding experiences to players all over the world.

This decision was incredibly difficult, Relic is a studio that treasures our people and is proud of the culture we’ve grown, and right now our focus is on supporting departing employees in every way we can. We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to each of them for the part they’ve played in making Relic such a special studio.”

Layoffs are certainly something that's difficult to avoid for any business, but those "external factors" likely didn't have anything to do with SEGA accruing enough funds, roughly $1 billion dollars, for the purchase of Angry Birds developer Rovio Entertainment one month ago, I'm certain. SEGA has been a perplexing company as of late.

Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Relic Entertainment is known for their development of real-time strategy games such as Warhammer 40,000, Dawn of War, and Age of Empires IV. 

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