This is never a good thing to hear. Hopefully, those affected land on their feet.
Earlier today, several members of Sekai Project’s marketing team took to Twitter to announce that they had been laid off. Frances Delgado, the company’s brand manager, stated that “the entire office got laid off today.”
Soooooooo the entire office got laid off today…
— Frances Delgado (@DancingQueen_DQ) August 13, 2018
On the Sekai Project blog, CEO Christopher Ling posted a notice regarding the updates. In the article, Ling confirmed that the company “had to make a very difficult decision in laying off many of our employees, co-workers, and friends from Sekai Project.” He noted that the majority of staffers let go were from the marketing department, and added that team members of translation, programming, editing and QC teams were “diligently working on current and future projects.”
Ling also announced that Sekai Project will restructure their operations, with the goal of being “more nimble, focused, proactive and more like the company we were when we first started.”
Following the announcement, the post included a rundown of each of the company’s ongoing announced projects, and their current statuses.
Sekai Project originally began in 2007, as a fan translation group. The Los Angeles based group opened their doors as an active licensee of visual novels in 2013, and released their first title, World End Economica episode.01 on Steam in 2014.
The publisher has since gone on to release numerous fan-favorite titles, including The Fruit of Grisaia, Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet, and Nekopara under their banner.