Turmoil at EA: staff sacked, label reportedly shuttered

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By on April 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

One of the  industry’s largest businesses appears to be undergoing what is euphemistically known as ‘restructuring’. According to Kotaku’s sources, the publisher of mega hits like Battlefield and Mass Effect may be terminating as much as 10% of its total workforce.

As reported by Game Informer, multiple sources within the company have indicated that EA is winding up its Partners program. Under the Partners initiative, EA has distributed a range of third party titles, including Crysis and Left4Dead. EA is also said to be closing two of its development teams, casual gaming specialist PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Games, best known for its work on the Need For Speed series.

EA has thus far proved to be less than forthcoming regarding the extent of the layoffs, conceding only that it has been forced to make “some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations”. We have requested more detail from EA and will update this story should we receive it.

Source: Kotaku and Game Informer

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‘One of the industry’s largest businesses appears to be undergoing what is euphemistically known as ‘restructuring’.’

Ehh EA have been restructuring for years, and they’ve had plans on it in their financial reports for a while.

 

“EA is also said to be closing two of its development teams, casual gaming specialist PopCap Vancouver”

Woohoo!

Die casual gaming, DIE!!!

 

jme:
“EA is also said to be closing two of its development teams, casual gaming specialist PopCap Vancouver”

Woohoo!

Die casual gaming, DIE!!!

Except PopCap were a decent casual games maker, Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle are 2 notable games they created

The problem was that EA after acquiring them turned them to shit. EA forced them from casual games to mobile and free to play. Fucking EA

 

I agree the EA restructuring practices are not exactly surprising news..

Pity to hear about Popcap..

 

poor popcap. Ahh bejewled 2, how i loved thee. That and peggle

 

kinkykel:
poor popcap. Ahh bejewled 2, how i loved thee. That and peggle

It’s worth noting that only the Vancouver arm of PopCap appears to be closing, not the entire operation. I still pray for a new peggle game (or at least another expansion) each and every day.

 
NoobyMcNoobnoob

looking into my crystal ball, im thinking that ea is gonna fire any staff that actually makes games, and keep all marketing and managers. there gonna be outsourcing all programming designing and art, possible to the same place they outsauce their support and PR to.

Dont worry about QA Testing teams, they got rid of them decades ago.

 

noobymcnoobnoob: Dont worry about QA Testing teams, they got rid of them decades ago.

That had a QA office ? O_O

 
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