EA Preparing For Next-Gen By Laying Off Staff
EA is in a world of turmoil at the moment. They recently lost John Riccitiello, had a horrendous launch with SimCity ad got voted as the worst company in America for the second year in a row. EA’s execs have promised that they will improve their business practices and restore hope in consumers again, and their first step seems to be getting rid of staff they no longer need.
Fine, that sounded rather harsh, but it’s exactly what EA is doing. In an attempt to streamline their business ahead of next-gen consoles, EA has laid off an undisclosed number of staff.
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“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.”
Rumours yesterday suggested that these layoffs resulted in the closure of EA Montreal, however sources within EA have denied this.
It’s sad to hear about layoffs in the gaming industry every time, but it’s somewhat expected considering how much shit EA has been buried in lately. Good luck to those affected.