Lay Offs Hit Electronic Arts

by William D'Angelo, posted on 11 April 2013 / 3,013 Views

Electronic Arts has confirmed that it has laid off some of its employees. While early reports at Gamasutra suggest that upwards of 250 employees have been let go, Electronic Arts has said that figure it "too high." However they did not say the exact number of layoffs.

A source had told Gamasutra that EA Montreal was closing, but Electronic Arts said that the studio will remain open and there are no plans for it to close.

"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile," said Electronic Arts in a statement. "In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization."

"These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."

Electronic Arts had laid off employees at its Montreal studio earlier this year and the studio will be focused on developing mobile games and on new platforms.


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10 Comments

sethnintendo (on 12 April 2013)

A little sorry for the people but when you work for a shit company lay offs are expected. Lay offs are an everyday thing for USA contract workers. I am looking at you Flextronics.


LevelUP (on 11 April 2013)

EA... you deserve this.


reviniente (on 12 April 2013)

Hard working people deserve to keep their jobs and provide substinence to their families. You are a zealot.


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ganoncrotch (on 13 April 2013)

hard working people sure, but these could well have been some of the people that EA hired to go on social media sites, make new accounts and rant on about how glorious the launches of EA games were and how they couldn't get enough of it, those weren't good people, they were lying for cash to try and convince gamers, that gamers amongst them were enjoying EA games and you should be too, these people deserve more than being fired.


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JOKA_ (on 14 April 2013)

I can't believe people are upvoting LevelUP and downvoting reviniente. You people are whats wrong with the game industry.


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ganoncrotch (on 14 April 2013)

I'd say the company voted worst company in the world 2 years running is more what is wrong with it personally, but whatever floats your boat.


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JOKA_ (on 14 April 2013)

EA won worst company in the world because gamers are an extremely large and vocal subset of the internet's population. They also have zero perspective. Now every self righteous forum poster is going to use this as irrefutable evidence against EA when it truly means nothing.

I just think its incredibly sad that gamers applaud situations where hard working people lose their jobs, but hey, whatever floats your boat.


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SxyxS (on 12 April 2013)

ea got the "worst company " award before this lay off news were released. that company is just amazing


ganoncrotch (on 12 April 2013)

But I thought there was a recent statement that over 30million people were forced to make origin accounts to play store bought games and that over 3 million people have had some thoughts about playing SWToR since it's now free. I don't understand how those aren't good things?!!!


Araknie (on 12 April 2013)

Pretty sad in reality...i would have prefered that they concentrated in relocating making again games first person, EA Sports is their only active studio for the rest of the games the pay for second party studios. It would have been better to cut-loose some studios (setting them free in the market) and making games first party...that would have cut the costs and nobody would have gotten a kick in the ass from the company.


curtiswolf (on 12 April 2013)

i think EA needs to strategize a bit better to gain more revenue. i mean release more games than rehashed sport games and 3rd party games.


ganoncrotch (on 13 April 2013)

but your great great grandchildren would be so upset if Fifa2150 wasn't released with 2 new features over fifa13


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foodfather (on 12 April 2013)

A shame, EA games of late have been flopping quite badly, from Crysis 3, Dead Space 3 and Army of 2.


ganoncrotch (on 13 April 2013)

Army of two 3 and Dead Space 3 were both hit fairly badly review wise because of adding microtransactions I think? that isn't really anyones fault other than their desire to grab more money but yeah the thought of buying weapons and ammo for a survival horror game was really a bit of Horror considering how good the first 2 games had been.


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miqdadi (on 13 April 2013)

Every Year I hear same story about this CO, wonder when will this stop?


ganoncrotch (on 13 April 2013)

when Fifa and Madden aren't bought by 1m or so people on launch for each system, each year, each generation til the end of time.....


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happydolphin (on 12 April 2013)

Too bad for EA Montreal, Montreal has great talent, but I have no sympathy for EA in general, so I have mixed feelings.


Michael-5 (on 11 April 2013)

Finally!


reviniente (on 12 April 2013)

You... I don't even recognize anymore.


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