EA Fires Even More PopCap Developers
PopCap, the studio thousands around the world love for their arcade styled, crazy titles, hasn’t been having a great time at EA. Last year they released Plants Vs. Zombies 2, the sequel to their 2009 sleeper hit. Just last week Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare released on Xbox One. Things seem to be going smoothly, but behind the doors it’s a whole other story entirely.
EA has been laying off PopCap staff regularly throughout the whole of 2013, and yesterday the publisher announced that even more quality developers would be forced to leave the studio.
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According to Kotaku, around 30-40 employees have been laid off at PopCap, although EA has refused to confirm the actual number. Instead, they sent a little “apology” letter to announce the news, as well as express their sadness at having to do this.
The changes we made today at PopCap were painful and we’re sorry to lose some of our friends and colleagues. But it was also necessary in order to stay on course with our future plans for mobile games, live services, and new IP. PopCap is a studio that made its name building great games that the world can fall in love with, and that’s what we’ll continue to do.
Just looking at recent history, it seems like budding up with EA is a really bad idea. Whole studios under the publisher have been shut down overnight, and even big, studio opening executives have jumped ship after seeing what’s happening internally. Is it just the economy, or is EA gearing up to change a lot about what their studios are, and more importantly what they make.
Could just be that new CEO. All we know is that this isn’t good news, and it always makes us sad when we hear about game designers losing their jobs. Good luck out there guys and girls.