EA Lays Off Staff, Makes ‘Hard but Essential Changes’
EA has confirmed additional layoffs in a new “organizational update.” In a post on its official site, EA posted the following statement:
“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.”
Polygon reports that the layoffs “now number in the hundreds” and that the layoffs affect “nearly every part of the company,” with some divisions losing dozens of employees. According to Twitter, PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Studios were shut down. Today’s layoffs are also aid to be “partially tied” to the closure of EA’s Partners label.
These reductions come following layoffs earlier this month as EA “streamlined operations” as well as a number of employees let go in Los Angeles, Montreal and “smaller locations” back in February.
IGN wishes the best of luck to anyone affected by today’s news and encourages them to consult this Google doc for available opportunities in the industry.
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