NCSoft West lays off 20% of its staff and the CEO leaves

Connect with top gaming leaders in Los Angeles at GamesBeat Summit 2023, May 22-23. Register here.

NCSoft West laid off 20% of its staff on Wednesday and its CEO Jeff Anderson has parted ways with the company.

A company spokesman confirmed the layoffs in a statement, but declined to say how many people lost their jobs.

“We can confirm that we have laid off approximately 20% of our NC West workforce today, primarily affecting non-game development positions, as part of a global realignment with our company headquarters in Korea. Affected workers have been given severance and access to resources to assist with job placement.”

Asked if Anderson was still with the company, NCSoft West said, “Jeff has decided his time at NC is up and we appreciate his efforts with us.”


GamesBeat Summit 2023

Join the GamesBeat community in Los Angeles on May 22-23. You’ll hear from the brightest minds in the gaming industry sharing their updates on the latest developments.

Register here

Jeffrey Anderson has left his job as CEO of NCSoft West.

This is not very helpful in finding out what happened. But we’re in the middle of a global economic recession, and many tech companies, as well as some game companies, are downsizing. This week, Electronic Arts announced that it will shut down its Industrial Toys game studio amid a shift in its mobile gaming strategy.

Anderson joined NCSoft West as CEO in July 2021. At the time, NCSoft West had more than 400 employees in studios in Aliso Viejo, Austin, Bellevue, London and San Mateo. Anderson had 30 years of leadership experience in the video game industry, having worked in an executive capacity at companies including Electronic Arts, Paramount Pictures, Turbine, Majesco and Hasbro.

Anderson had worked on titles such as Ultima Online as well as Dungeons & Dragons Online. Based in South Korea, NCSoft was founded in 2001 and has had big hits like Aion, Blade & Soul, Lineage and Guild Wars.

The GamesBeat Creed when the gaming industry is covered it is “where passion meets business.” What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you — not just as a decision maker at a game studio, but also as a game fan. Whether you’re reading our articles, listening to our podcasts, or watching our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy being involved in it. Discover our Updates.

Leave a Comment