EA is not sailing in friendly waters at the moment. Not long ago the company was forced to lay off a small number of staff, calling it a “restructuring” ahead of the release of next-gen consoles. Yesterday EA was forced to layoff even more staff, siting it as an “organizational update”.
EA posted a statement on their official website regarding the layoffs.
“In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends.
These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.”
According to some media sources the layoffs number in the hundreds at the moment, resulting in the closure of some smaller EA owned studios. PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Studios have apparently closed their doors, and it is believed that the layoffs we’re partly responsible for the closure of EA’s Partner label.
It easy to say EA is going through a much needed restructure, but these constant layoffs are certainly worrying, especially since they’re taking place at on of the biggest publishers in the world. It’s also really sad to see people lose their jobs, so we wish the best to those hundreds affected.