EA cuts more jobs

Battlefield, FIFA publisher confirms staff reductions, but won't specify number of teams affected.

Electronic Arts cuts more jobs today as part of a "hard but essential" process, according to a statement from the Battlefield and FIFA publisher posted on the company's blog.

"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," an EA representative said. "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," the statement goes on.

EA declined to say which teams were impacted or how many jobs were cut overall. However, multiple sources have told Kotaku that the staff reduction is as much as 10 percent of the company's workforce. EA employed 9,370 people at the end of 2012.

Earlier today, a report emerged claiming that the EA Partners label--which is designed to bring third-party games to market--is shutting down.

Today's layoffs are part of an ongoing wave of cuts related to EA streamlining its business to ensure the company is well positioned for the upcoming console transition, among other things.

The cuts come a month after John Riccitiello resigned from his post as CEO of EA.

Various developers reached out today to those affected by the cuts. Irrational Games, Gearbox Software, and Insomniac Games all tweeted links to open positions at their companies.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Want the latest news about Battlefield 4?

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4

Discussion

194 comments
SteinerRecliner
SteinerRecliner

I miss the old EA. Back when they developed/published games like General Chaos and James Pond. Oh and of course the Mutant League series.

Silinel
Silinel

Guys, please. Don't look to the gaming industry for a lifelong career and financial stability. No one's means of supporting themselves should be at the mercy of a MetaCritic review.

grbolivar
grbolivar

More and more layoffs... is the industry going down?? o_O

Lowri001
Lowri001

What do you expect from the people who won shittest company of the year two years in a row...

saleama
saleama

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," the statement goes on...

Um, maybe if their shit was playable on day one out of the box wihout always online bs, they would not need to lay people off.  Or hear is a thought, maybe if their games were actually any good....

Nova_Prime_85
Nova_Prime_85

Lay everyone at BioWare off, and then EA, you can put a freaking bullet in your head

BIOJECT
BIOJECT

lol Shitty companies always love to lay off when they have too much capacity and rehire when they need more capacity. That way they can maximize their profits all the way through. Makes perfect sense when you're at the top. Just die already EA. Just die.

OldKye
OldKye

EA: "So how do we make more money?"

Gamers: "Well you could make better games."

EA: "Or we could fire everyone and make worse games cheaper so we still make a profit"

Gamers: "...."

OgreB
OgreB

Better to get rid of the suits. ( CEOs, management )


No many people realize that one of the reasons for the high cost of new games has a lot to do with the outrageous salaries that the suits make. 

Better optimization or new Porsche..hmmm ?

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

Yes! EA cuts all of employees off the place, then they all would be able to join those great game video studios such as Capcom, Konami, etc to make better games than stupid EA games.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Now, just cut all the rest and we'll all be happy.

thorn3000
thorn3000

hmm if the leaving ceo did not take those few milions with him as a farewell gift, they would not be missing that much money to fire so many people

sheikweight
sheikweight

Don't take it personal BROS. You don't work for EA. hahahahha.

petez34
petez34

Only at Gamespot would stories of people losing their livelihoods illicite such antipathy. Way to prove you're morons.

Kunasha
Kunasha

To be honest with all of you, this is beginning to look more and more like a video-game mini-crash. The customers are pissed with draconian DRM schemes, the publishers are despised, and the developers are now unable to sell games that were huge AAA financial investments.
More and more gaming studios and publishers are removing themselves from E3, meaning E3 is landing with a bit of a thud this year, and the whole thing just seems to be going down the drain.

I say it is about time, too. Sadly, crashing the companies doing evil to us (namely DRM) is the only way we can get back the rights that are ours as consumers. Bring on the crash, I say.

CrashOV
CrashOV

EA cuts more jobs to make room for a basketball court and ice skating ring to expand breakroom.

elwapo2004
elwapo2004

It would be poetic justice if all the people EA has abused and fired over the years formed their own company and put EA out of business.

vadagar1
vadagar1

in a perfect world the "boss" should put a bullet in his head for this failure

PheasantSupreme
PheasantSupreme

Next Headline: "Sim city servers will be shut down in the next month"

ProgRocker
ProgRocker

I feel bad for the guys and gals getting ousted.  It must be aggrevating to feel that you have a great job and then suddenly get the pink slip because the company you presumably felt good working at decides that they aren't making enough money with you there.  If they keep cutting workers there, then I guess they'll just have to cut and paste from used games?  It seems that's all their sports games anyways, so maybe they'll be successful as a cut and paste game company?

Fursnake
Fursnake

Wow EA, you're on the right track for another "worst of" for 2013.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Obviously they had to fire all these people because of the sheer amount of gamers "embracing microtransactions" right? That's how business works if you only use EA as an example! "We're making shit loads of cash oh and *cough*wehavetofirelotsofpeoplebecauseofhowmuchwearen'treallymaking*cough*"

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

There should be a law restricting big businesses from doing massive lay-offs such as this.  It's as if they do this on a daily basis.  Damn shame, in order for the top man to get his bonus or 10% pay increase, the bottom are affected.  

blackothh
blackothh

lets cut the workforce so there is nobody left to make games for the new consoles, good idea!

keep pushing your "mobile" see how far it gets you

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

So that's fewer people to pressure developers into making games to their criteria.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Maybe EA can restructure itself into something good. haha No one would believe that even if it happened.

urtin3
urtin3

The only man who should lose his job is the boss

Broodax
Broodax

@Nova_Prime_85 wtf are you babbling about bioware has yet to make any major game killing mistakes (i swear to shit if you bring mass effect 3 ending into this im going to rape you) ea i can understand but leave bioware out of the shit

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@petez34 well... Happy to be a moron in that case.  There seems to be a lack of moral judgement these days. EA doesn't use slaves. They hire people. People are free to choose to accept a job offer from EA, or not.
If I work for an evil man, does that make me evil? No easy answer. But I would say yes.
Those workers decided to accept the offer to work for EA.  A company who's main moto is profit first, people second. I reckon that when things were going good for EA, it was also going very good for them.  Today people have a tendency to dissociate the morality of their own professional decisions from their personal views.  A bit like the dictator's thrall that upon his demise claims he never liked him but had no choice.
 I can't feel sorry for someone who made the decision to work for an evil company, when that company betrays them. They got what they asked for when they decided to place money making above morality.

lildozer74
lildozer74

@ProgRocker unfortuntely...thats the story of a whole lotta folks here in the states right now.

Savoritias
Savoritias

@Fursnake We the competition they are having for worst company they are going to earn the price for years to come.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

@EL_Bomberdor sounds as if you are listening to Hollywood Babble-On Podcast.  Let's give your d*** a sandwich.

Nova_Prime_85
Nova_Prime_85

Dragon Age 2, SWTOR, Mass Effect 3, the entirety of the game, just for you tough guy, the ending is also a significant part aswell

BW is a desiccated corpse now than it was before, and you honestly believe that BW still hasnt lost their touch, then there will be zero reason to debate with you

petez34
petez34

@TigusVidiks @petez34 Where are you getting this 'evil' company from? EA make video games ffs, that's it. It's not like they destroy the planet. And what EA is doing is trying to make profits apparently according  you that's a bad thing. So you're not into the whole capitalism ideology, fine. It's a business they operate to make money and don't abuse workers rights. I don't know anyone in life that would have the balls to be say what you did in public, nor would I want to. 

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@lildozer74that's the story of a lotta folks everywhere in the world right now. With the compliments of american Sub-Prime. 

Fursnake
Fursnake

@Savoritias 

I forgot that the polling was just assuming for 2013 already hehe.

Broodax
Broodax

@TigusVidiks @petez34 so then not giving a shit either way is evil by your ideology tigus...w.ait....that amoral....my bad


TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@petez34@petez34 evil, as an easy to understand word to avoid making a sentence every time. I consider that EA uses immoral business practices to maximize profits, in detriment of customer satisfaction.  To me, that makes them evil. Immorality = evil.Anyone who works there, is simply compromising their integrity.
I have nothing against a company that is out to make profit.
I have everything against a company that considers immoral practices a legit way of maximizing those profits.