Video games are above all other things, a business, and because of that, people sometimes leave, or get promoted, or decide their time has come to move on to other things. Today, SEGA Europe revealed that their Chief Operating Officer and President Jurgen Post would be leaving the company. This is a significant blow to the company, as Post has been the leader of SEGA Europe since 2012, and helped reform the branch of SEGA into a very profitable business platform.
Back in 2012, SEGA wasn’t doing well in the European market, so when Jurgen came into the presidency of the company, he decided that the best move was to streamline all processes concerned with the European branch of the company. This was perceived as dangerous for many reasons, but he was positive this was the right move.
Furthermore, he decided that to truly have a chance at not only succeeding but thriving as a company, they would have to focus on a new structure for making games. One that would focus on quality of titles and not the quantity of them, which sadly has been one of SEGA’s biggest downfalls in recent decades. He wanted to focus on the Creative Assembly, Sports Interactive, Alien and Sonic the Hedgehog franchises above all others, a move that would lead the company to numerous hits and successes. And he now leave the European side of the company much better off than when he inherited the position.
“Jurgen leaving us is a huge loss, but he leaves SEGA Europe with the business in a fantastic position and in the capable hands of a superb team who will strive to keep moving it forward”, said Tatsuyuki Miyazaki, CEO for SEGA West.
Changes like this happen all the time in video games, but not all of it is on good terms. So it’s nice to see that one man truly left a big mark before departing.