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WotC Layoffs

Looks like WotC's laid off a fair number of folks. Some of them people I've worked with and who've written for me. A few who are good friends.

Today sucks. 



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Dec. 3rd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Sigh. Wish they'd get by a year without this annual holiday tradition.

Any news source for who got laid off?
Dec. 3rd, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Some of the names on the list stun me, hands down, like I was rocked by a solid overhand right while looking at the round number girl.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Layoffs scare the heck out of me, but that could be because I've suffered two of them, both out of the blue, in the past four years, as well as a contract of mine not being renewed. But, this is in the tech sector, where I work IT jobs, a sector that I'm largely abandoning, unless something rather tempting comes along.

I'd work help desk for a gaming company, a solid non-profit, or various levels of the government, but I'm tied of tech for profit companies who always see support as a money pit, instead of a needed department.

Anyhow, large tangent there, when all I meant to say is that I hope those who were laid off land on their feet, solidly, and get things in hand, quick, as this economy sucks right now. I've been out of work since mid-April and it is not fun.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Only now does it feel like the "holiday" season. Sigh.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Terrible News
Terrible news. I don't wish that on anyone. I think this says a bit about the impact of the economy on the gaming hobby. Hopefully Paizo weathers the storm well. I do think that the next 6 months are going to be tough.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: Terrible News
We'll see, one thing that there has been comment on is that the entertainment areas aren't being hit as bad as other luxuries during the recession, since people still want to have fun, per say.

I know, with only a couple of hiccups, I've kept my Paizo subscriptions going while being out of work, since my severance and unemployment, as well as my moving to a lower cost of living area, has allowed me to keep a modest "feel good" budget going.

But, obviously, if it comes down to roof and food versus gaming books, folks should choose roof and food. *chuckles*
Dec. 3rd, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: Terrible News
Paizo is doing quite well. Not being part of a big corporation and not being publicly traded more or less makes us immune to the whims of shareholders and the like. Which is nice.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Re: Terrible News
Excellent reasons there, too, to keep from being big and public, as small and private is able to ride things out a bit longer, take a few more chances, and make decisions that are less related to the panic of a negative stock price hit. When I worked at Micron, up until Summer '07, I use to get so tired of the dread fog that would spread though out work when the stock would slide, as people were more focused on the stock price and how to find blame for it than focused on work.

Plus, it was days like that where you would here comments like "It's thinking like that that caused the stock to dip" and "Downtrend mentality." I mean, I get caring about the company, but stock markets are so whimsical that it ain't even funny.

Anyhow, I'm glad, very glad, to hear that Paizo is doing well.
Dec. 3rd, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: Terrible News
James - good to hear that Paizo continues to do well. Best wishes to you guys in 2009!

The thing about small companies is that they have to keep a close watch on cash flow and credit. As long as cash flow is positive and they have a secured line of credit, they should be in good shape.

I do agree that sometimes it is nice not having to think about stock price. But when the stock is doing well, that is a very good thing!
Feb. 15th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Oh my god
I'm tracking layoffs at http://www.layoffs.in/usa and it is pretty alarming.
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