In a mark of the further decline for a once-formidable video game company, Sega announced the closure of several global offices, the relinquishment of distribution duties in the affected regions, and a stronger focus on digital content and established franchises.
Gamasutra reports Sega’s branches in France, Germany, Spain, Australia, and the Netherlands close July 1. Companies Level03 Distribution and Koch Media — Nintendo’s U.K. distributor, which is known as Deep Silver (the publisher Deep Silver) in North America — now handles European areas for Sega, and 5 Star Games manages Australia.
Sega’s U.K. offices stay open and are overseeing the transition.
Sega Europe chief operating officer Jurgen Post said the Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War, Football Manager, and Aliens franchises round out the brands Sega will focus on.
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