EA forced into layoffs, but not revealing the specific teams affected.
I know it must come as a huge shock after winning 'Worst Company in America' (for the second year in a row), having a huge frachise like Sim City fail with it's most recent version (due mostly to corporate development decisions), and the resignation of CEO John Reccitiello last month, but EA is doing a bit of reorganization.
Here is the official statement from EA:
EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. 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.
The layoffs are believed to have affected 60-70 permanent employees and 100 contractors, as well as the closure of EA Mobile Montreal. Despite my sarcasm in the opening paragraph, these layoffs were expected after Riccitiello's resignation due to poor financial performance of the company.
Hopefully as part of their "sharpening of focus" they start making games for players instead of shareholders.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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