BioWare San Francisco closed - Report

Source says Dragon Age: Legends developer shuttered, with as many as 30 staffers laid off.

BioWare San Francisco has been closed and all 25 to 30 employees laid off, a source within the studio told GamesRadar. Formerly known as EA2D, the studio was perhaps best known for the Facebook game Dragon Age: Legends and the browser-based Mirror's Edge 2D.

BioWare shut off the servers for Dragon Age: Legends last year, though an offline-only version is currently available.

EA2D became BioWare San Francisco in August 2011 as part of a company-wide reorganization. The unnamed source claimed owner Electronic Arts believed it was "too expensive" to develop mobile games in Redwood Shores, California, the company's headquarters.

A landing page for BioWare San Francisco remains visible on the BioWare website, though no job listings are posted. EA was not immediately available to comment.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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60 comments
SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I only played DA: Legends in order to get loot in Dragon Age II. After a while, I just didn't bother. It wasn't that fun.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Bioware is dying. Thanx to EA.

greasemonkey42
greasemonkey42

This proves that EA has no idea how to run in this business in a sustainable way.

The closures, controlling and streamlining of IP's into nothing but sludge will destroy this industry that revolves around creativity and. most importantly, innovation.  

Scarshi
Scarshi

Face-plant game goes arse up? Bio-shocker!

Daian
Daian

Social versions of AAA games dying? Shocker.

blackace
blackace

Another one bites the dust. Bioware should have never joined EA. They were warned.

cdog21
cdog21

I can't stand Facebook, but I use to get on all the time during class so I could play Dragon Age Legends.

That was a fun little game.

jazero1987
jazero1987

EA need to sale there company to Nexon lol

jazero1987
jazero1987

Ea can have The brand name Bioware. but when you see the main guys leaving the  retire from there jobs. your not bioware no more your just EA with other name 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I actually thought the Bioware developer had isolated itself from publisher EA with contracts and lawyers enough that EA could not sway any internal business decisions made by Bioware heads. I know that Bioware stated when they partnered with EA for publishing that EA would have no input on internal game development and decision making by bioware. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

If you ever need to take a dump, go to EA HQ. They'll pile it with the other dumps they created.

puukusa
puukusa

current gen webgames are meant for social network users. I really doubt there are enough gamers who can switch from Mass Effect to Farmville. Facebook game assignment feels like a such demotion, I'd probably quit myself.

Can't wait for Facebook games made with Unreal Engine and Frostbite2

karnis
karnis

so people are being all doom & gloom cause ea is closing a studio which made social games. like really guys.


nurnberg
nurnberg

The "future of the industry" isn't as rosy as the "analysts" claimed.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Fuck you EA. You ruined Bioware. They better bail out of EA before the whole company is shut down along with all the employees with it.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Bioware has been dead to me since they joined the borg.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Wow I hope those employees will be okay :(

KiLLLeR150
KiLLLeR150

Just another company in the bucket; no big deal to EA.

CaptWaffle
CaptWaffle

EA has been pissing me off quite a bit lately.... I used to try to defend them because they owned SO MANY IPs that I loved.... but they are all slowly dying and it definitely seems like there are some REAL dumb-asses at EA regardless of whether this story is true or not.  ( I Have doubts.... a month isn't long enough.  If it IS true then they've probably been waiting for an excuse to do this for a while.)

A comment about how "courageous" EA is for "supporting Gays."  : saying Gays should be able to be bound in the Religious Sacrament of Marriage is not "supporting Gays."  It's simple changing the definition of a word.  I don't think gays should marry, I think they should do Civil Unions because the DEFINITION OF THE WORD MARRIAGE is a UNION BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN.  It's like making toast and calling it a cheeseburger; the definition of those words are DIFFERENT....  basically this whole argument is about the definition of words, not about people's rights.  It blows my mind how naive people can be.

saadomar90
saadomar90

Why are people stupid enough to go into this field as a career? I still don't get it, there's so little job security. Unless you get into a big company (which may or may not liquidate your company anyways) developing a superhit title, it's pointless to go into the Video game industry. kids, if you're going to college, major ANYTHING but this crap. Thank goodness, I didn't. 

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Well this is the start of Bioware falling hard.  BYE BYE BIOWARE don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.  Hell if we were so lucky, you'd take the entire EA company with you.

silvergol
silvergol

Social games sucks a lot!. shame for people losing their jobs!.

Rifqi_Hb
Rifqi_Hb

Oh, just Facebook game studio.

lexyz1992
lexyz1992

So... EA is cleaning house? Already killed dead space, now closing a studio...

EPaul
EPaul

Even though they were a facebook game developer it's still sad to see people lose their jobs

Danyawesomsauce
Danyawesomsauce

Why is everyone trolling this? about 30 people were laid off they pretty much lost their jobs!

Would it kill all of you to have a little compassion? Jeez.

zhurnivuurg
zhurnivuurg

@blackace 

Don't worry.  This studio was never truly Bioware.  They were an EA studio that EA decided to rename as Bioware, so that fewer people would complain when they made Dragon Age: Legends.  In the words of Dr. House, this studio was not really a unicorn.  It was just a donkey with a plunger taped to its head.  Nothing of real value has been lost.

puukusa
puukusa

@g1rldraco7 I bet the most valuable ones are already head hunted. Receptionist might be in trouble

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@CaptWaffle So you used this article about layoffs to spew your own personal Bigotry about how I shouldn't have the same rights as you.

 Well Done.

Congratulations, You're a Douchebag.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@CaptWaffle If you follow gaming history, you see downsizing and expansions before, during, and after a new console or new gaming generation begins. Take the 5th gen, now that was a much more turbulent time. 

Still though with EA as one of the largest publishers with a track record of some of the worst decision making, it is a perfect storm before the 8th gen starts up. I hate to say it but disolved EA with a auction of its IPs and employees landing on more stable ground may be a good thing. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@saadomar90 Also the average salary of all that work in the game industry is around 80 thousand a year and that include testers and mobile game makers, with even somewhat successful studios or developers they can make way more then doctors, lawyers, and engineers. If you work for a developer who is lucky enough to have a big hit with sequels the money can be over the moon, we are talking retire at 30 money, and that is not counting the main developers or creators.  Sure some miniscure mobile game will not net you millions but then again some have. 

Do not get me wrong alot of those that work in the gaming industry have some truly amazing skills that no one else does, but there really is no set qualifications or states licensing to enter into the game industry- it still is a field where a teen with passion, drive, work ethics and a good idea can go into it and make a fortune. Now a lot of my pot head friends sit around and think yeah man, "what if we make a game where you got a gun that shoots out a man eating shark,  ahhhh yeah that would be soooo coool." Yeah they will not enter the game world and make a fine living- but It is an industry where some dude just as high but with skills - CAN. 

Danyawesomsauce
Danyawesomsauce

@saadomar90 Because it's their passion and it's what they chose to do, and you have no right to tell them otherwise.

AnotherSniper
AnotherSniper

@saadomar90 Why are people stupid enough to post statements like this? Yes the job security is on the rocks, but isn't everything in the entertainment industry the same way? People choose this field because they are passionate about what they love.


Saketume
Saketume

@Danyawesomsauce If their work is making the planet a shittier place then I don't care. I hope they get better jobs.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Danyawesomsauce NO, any asshole who works for EA (Evil Assholes) doesn't deserve to work in the gaming industry.

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

@TheWatcher000 @CaptWaffle 

However, this studio may have closed due to second-hand game sales. lol but seriously, I'm 100%% joking here. Just pulling your leg. ;)

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

@TheWatcher000 @CaptWaffle 

It just goes to show how ignorant people are. Like, I'm straight, but I wont hesitate for a split-second to back up homosexuals. I have several homosexual friends that are absolutely great. And they are people like everyone else, that deserve rights like everyone else. Their lives don't effect anyone else, end of story.

Danyawesomsauce
Danyawesomsauce

@xeoneex66 @Danyawesomsauce The fact that you know no one that works there but reffered to them as "a**holes" shows just how mature you are. Grow up. They have families to feed and bills to pay just like the rest of us.

Danyawesomsauce
Danyawesomsauce

@xeoneex66 @Danyawesomsauce So you think the people that are just doing their job deserve to be reffered to as "a**holes" just because who they work for? And if you saw one of these poor souls begging for food on the street you would just berate them because of their former profession? Their is an a**hole involved in this conversation, but it isn't them.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Danyawesomsauce @xeoneex66 I could care less I would never befriend anyone that works at Evil Assholes.  It's not a question of maturity or anything, it's a question of if I really dont give a shit, and the answer is I don't.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@King9999 @xeoneex66 @Danyawesomsauce Yes I would, so thank god I'm not a hiring manager I would sure as shit not be working for or anywhere NEAR EA to begin with.  And further more, the people who are still working there apparently don't give a rats ass about their work becuase those higher-ups demand out of them more games and want more money vs a good quality game.  So your argument is invalid in my eyes.

King9999
King9999

@xeoneex66 @King9999 @Danyawesomsauce But you said that anyone who works at EA doesn't deserve to work in the industry.  If you were a hiring manager, would you reject someone solely on the fact that they woked at EA, even if their skill exceeds expectations?  Just because you dislike a company doesn't mean that all of its people are bad.  Maybe some people are there because that's all they have in their area.  Your issue is with the higher-ups, not with the people working under them.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@King9999 @xeoneex66 @Danyawesomsauce Nope not the way I see it.  EA is like a gelatenous cube.  It absorbs anything and everything, and spits out the bones.  They make crap after crap after crap and I consider one fatal reason why the gaming industry is going south.