Sega Europe has announced that it will relocate its entire QA team from the UK to Bulgaria by 2020.
Currently based in Brentford, Sega’s QA team offers support to the likes of Creative Assembly, Sports Interactive, Relic and various other partners. The move will take a leisurely two years, and Sega has promised there will be: “No immediate redundancies”.
Gamesindustry.biz spoke to the company, which denied that the move was a result of the spectre of Brexit. Gary Dale, president and COO of Sega Europe, told the website: “Bulgaria is a European leader for IT development, home to regional offices for some of the most renowned tech outfits in the world including IBM and Hewlett Packard and has a history of technological accomplishment and innovation. It’s the perfect location to open what will become a best-in-class quality assurance operation with the capacity to expand. We’re looking forward to the collaboration with the current UK team in London as we build this exciting operation in Sofia. Their expertise and passion for Sega and its diverse IPs will be invaluable throughout this process.”
Sega says it is pursuing “Active consultation” with existing members of the Brentford QA team, who will be offered the chance to relocate to Bulgaria or: “Contribute to the completion of this project in an important and meaningful capacity.” It’s too early to tell whether that will eventually equate to redundancies, but we’ll keep you posted with any news as it emerges. In the meantime, you can keep an eye on Sega’s website.