Plaion is reportedly consolidating its gaming labels, plans layoffs

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A new report suggests that Plaion, formerly Koch Media, is bracing for layoffs as it plans a major restructuring of its gaming business. More specifically, he plans to drop three game publishing labels to publish them under his own name. The company reportedly expects only a few jobs to be affected, and the restructuring process could take up to a year.

The report comes from and cites anonymous sources who shared a presentation. According to these sources, the company plans to remove three of its gaming labels: Deep Silver, Prime Matter, and Ravenscourt. As the restructuring will take some time, the report says, it is possible that several games will be released under those labels before Plaion shuts them down.

Deep Silver is the oldest, having been founded by Koch Media in 2002. It is best known as the publisher behind the Saints Row, Metro, and Dead Island series. Ravenscourt, founded in 2014, is the publisher of the Let’s Sing series. Prime Matter, founded in 2021, is the publisher behind the upcoming System Shock Remake and Payday 3.

As it “simplifies” its game publishing structure, Plaion apparently expects to lose only a handful of jobs in this restructuring. It’s unclear if this means upcoming titles will be delayed or cancelled. In addition to the recent Dead Island 2, Deep Silver is ready to publish a new game of time splitters Developed by Free Radical Design. Prime Matter is also working on a new Painkiller title with Saber Interactive.

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