A variety of news has been spreading across the Internet this morning regarding NCsoft West and their continuing drive towards reorganizing their staff in the North American and European territories. While some outlets have reported rather dire news coming out of the European offices, Ten Ton Hammer has been informed that this is not the case. Here's the official statement from NCsoft West officials:
In order to solidify and streamline company operations across all NCsoft West territories, we are implementing some structural changes this week which will impact 70 to 90 employees. We are working with these employees to determine the best fit for approximately 80 alternate positions within the company.
The European office is transitioning to have a stronger focus in marketing and sales, with many of the existing disciplines being consolidated in our studios on the US West Coast and our headquarters in Seattle. Additionally, we are transitioning to an embedded quality assurance (QA) model in which the QA staff works in our studios directly with the development teams, providing support throughout the entire development process.
This finalizes the NCsoft West reorganization plan which began last September, and the resulting structure will better support the companyÂs direction.
There are a number of employees that will be affected by this change, but the official statement makes it sounds like these employees are/were offered similar jobs in positions across the pond. On top of that, it sounds like none of the games that are currently being developed in US offices are being affected, namely Guild Wars 2, Aion, and Carbine Studios' upcoming MMO.
Stay calm folks. NCsoft West is sticking around for awhile.