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Sega restructure: Publisher to close divisions across seven Euro countries

France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg businesses all affected

Sega has disclosed details of a sweeping restructuring operation that will affect its publishing and distribution business across seven European countries.

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The firm is to close its offices that had dealt with publishing packaged goods across France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

External distribution firms have been appointed to pick up the remaining essential work.

In a message sent to investors, Sega did not claim nor suggest that development jobs would be affected. The company has previously discussed that its future is dependent on key internal development teams such as Sports Interactive and the Creative Assembly.

However, related job losses at some game studios should not be ruled out as Sega did not explicitly assure of their security. The publisher has not disclosed how many people are affected by the publishing restructure, which it estimated would be completed by July 1st.

Sega once again has discussed its future in the digital games division and claimed that it would only ship boxed games for key IPs.

"Sega is entering a new and exciting phase that will position the company as a content led organisation maximising sales with strong and balanced IP such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War, Football Manager and the Aliens franchise", said chief operating officer Jurgen Post.

"The company will benefit from a clear focus and realigned strategy for our digital business and packaged goods and we are confident that this will lead to a successful future."

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