In recent weeks we’ve heard reports and rumors of layoffs over at Worst Company In America 2013 winner Electronic Arts, and today the company confirmed the carnage is continuing. It’s unclear how many staffers were cut, as EA just says they’re letting people go “in some locations.”
There’s additional buzz that EA is also shutting down a few studios, as well as reportedly shuttering its EA Partners label.
The statement on EA’s blog reads:
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’s Tracy Lien cites two EA sources who claim to have knowledge of the situation, and say that the layoffs could number in the hundreds, in line with Kotaku’s estimate that 10% of the employees are getting the boot. The company recently listed its workforce at 9,000 employees worldwide.
Some of those rolling heads could come from the reported shuttering of EA Partners, which signed up other studios to make games for EA.
According to EA employees posting on Twitter, EA has also closed down two studios, PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Studio, notes Polygon.
The slaughter all started back in March when then-CEO John Riccitello stepped down, followed by layoffs at a Montreal studio and reported staff cuts at the company’s customer service center in Galway, Ireland. More cuts could happen soon as the company slims itself down under new management and make up for recent dismal quarterly reports.
EA ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATE [EA Blog]
EA restructure results in hundreds of layoffs, two studios closed [Polyon]
Layoffs at EA Today [Kotaku]