Layoffs at Electronic Arts

Publisher cuts unspecified number of jobs as a means to "streamline" operations to ensure it is well positioned for upcoming console transition.

Electronic Arts laid off an unspecified number of employees today as part of an effort to "streamline" its operations and ensure the company is well positioned for the upcoming console transition.

"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization," EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg told GameSpot today in a statement.

Reseburg declined to say which specific EA teams were impacted by today's cuts.

"These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles," he added. "Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."

Today's layoffs come a month after former CEO John Riccitiello admitted that EA would miss its financial projections for the full year ended March 31.

"This is a tough decision, but it all comes down to accountability," Riccitiello said in his resignation letter last month. "The progress EA has made on transitioning to digital games and services is something I'm extremely proud of. However, it currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued in January, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. EA's shareholders and employees expect better and I am accountable for the miss."

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269 comments
fleatoad
fleatoad

EA is closing down its facebook games. So tell us EA hows that free to play future you are promoting going?

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

And EA, I remember when you were a good company, back in the M.U.L.E. and Archon days...but you've become Rome, corrupt to the core and collapsing under your own weight, because you have no other profitable companies to conquer.  You killed Origin, you're murdering Maxis as we speak...how many more until the entire game industry is dead?  Not just you, but all the megacorps like you (ABlizz, VU, Squenix, etc)...EA, let my games go.  Let them be free to be picked up by a company that will do them justice and be fun to play, offline and single-player.  Or you will bring yourself down and collapse into nothing.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

They'll probably fire the whole SimCity dev team.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Lets be hhonest, EA is looking to make bank, or atleast they think thhey will with Battlefield 4. They also would make more bank if they did a pro gamer campeign in an effort to clean up Sim City. In other words, EA doesnt have a reason, from an EA standpoint, to cut jobs. Personally, I hope EA the comnpany crash and burns, but at the same time, needless job cuts is disgusting especially in an industry that seems to be looming more and more closer to a financial crisis. (lets be honest, games need to sell millions of copies for them to even break even...its a dangerous model)

tionmedon
tionmedon

we r stuck with SIM-WHATEVER...................

106473
106473

Get lost EA you ruin everything you touch.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

I guess useless Execs didn't want their bonuses cut, so they had to cut somewhere.

tim1935
tim1935

Hogwash, transitions and new implementations require more people not less.

torres_unix
torres_unix

All of these useless execs do the same crap, they fire good talent in favor of keeping horrid mid-managers.  Fail upwards.

duderdave
duderdave

Translation = it was time for somebody's raise and their just wasn't enough cash to go around, so cut, cut, cut because that exec really needs that $1 million raise this year dude.

fredwv
fredwv

Did Lex Luthor construct the EA headquarters?

Ledah
Ledah

They are fighting a lost war... SHOOT THE WINDOW!

vadagar1
vadagar1

if EA closes i wonder if it will be like a super nova event, from the fragments and ashes new star systems will emerge and create better things...

change is great but its not great when u do it and step on people's lives in the processes their is ALWAYS a better way, an honorable way.....I guess the EA "leaders" chose the easy path, the dark path.... at its end they will find out that all the cash and prestige in the world will not buy their souls back....

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

John Retardello's severance package could have probably employed these people for another 10 years. It's good to be a useless CEO nowadays.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I'd like to point this out after I bought some games at GameShit yesterday:

Battlefield 4 already has DLC. It already HAS FUCKING DLC. THE GAME ISN'T EVEN FINISHED. How do you plan on purpose to not finish the DLC and put it in the game? EA deserves everything that happens to them.

franky111
franky111

I feel sorry for the laid-off employees, but now they are finally free from that parasitic company who runs things like a sweatshop.

NoelXYeul
NoelXYeul

But what about the Microtransactions!?!?!?!?!?!?!111111213123334345 

Nickplays
Nickplays

thanks for letting the stockholders down. shameless.

DrBob27
DrBob27

Reading the comments on articles about EA is painful.

highlanderjimd
highlanderjimd

Death ot EA!!! miniature american flags for others!

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Lol dem bitches just don't know when to stop. First they streamline development, then games, now management.

vadagar1
vadagar1

couldn't they like take 10% off of the CEO's salary im sure it would save the company trillions of dollars.

i mean do the high executives in EA really need those slave girls and boys every day??


you know what, I think EA is actually run by the frigging Huts

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Ea sports " It's not in the game" 

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

There are two groups loosing out with this. The people that lost their jobs and the people that still work for EA who now have to cope with EA's definition of "streamlined operations".

ilagas88
ilagas88

I dont like EA but If EA goes down, some AAA games  that they have their hands on wont have enough funds to finance their high production cost. I know some of the titles might be bought by other companies but not all of them. and with the crisis the gaming industry is having now like thq.. etc. its not gonna be easy for those employees

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

So, get into Gamespot and...

New review for a game... Another interview to a director... New screenshot for the game I'm looking forward to... EA fires more people....

The usual day, nothing new here.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

A "tough decision", I'm sure - Let's see which teams made us less than 100 Million USD last year - You, you and you, pack your shit, you're fired - also, who's not for always online DRM and DLC milking - you're fired too, you don't fit our "new focus".
I'm almost certain that none of the braindead executives "higher up" were laid off, I bet they even got a bonus instead.

Heads up, laid off employees, you're now finally free, free to find a job at a not full of shit company.
If developers were fired too, I hope they checked out their source code first and took it with them to continue to develop their yet unannounced work in progress games as a "indie developer" with DRM free self distribution.

WarL0rdzz
WarL0rdzz

Burn EA burn! Can't wait for the day they go declare bankruptcy. Only then developers will be free...


ItzItazuki
ItzItazuki

I guess they have to #dealwithit

rey2
rey2

Achievement unlocked.

2 golden poos in a row.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

God I hate EA so much. Layoffs might be necessary (or not), but the way they try to make it even sound like something good is so disgusting

Kemutsemu
Kemutsemu

Great PR move after that whole second Golden Poo award.

deliman
deliman

Publisher cuts unspecified number of jobs as a means to "fuck people's shit up" and to ensure it is well positioned to win "Worst Company in America" for the third year in a row.

MegaPyroFlame
MegaPyroFlame

I hope the layoffs included their PR staff, because by God, they need some good PR if they don't want to make it a hat trick next year.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@vadagar1 That's precisely how I feel about MS.  Bill Gates is a master litigator and MS dodged an antitrust suit about a decade ago.  Had they broken up, there would many many smaller and better spin-offs... like the ma-bell breakup.

jawadhasan3
jawadhasan3

@highlanderjimd Haha !! That cracked me up !! :D

Thumbs up to you sir :)

jhcho2
jhcho2

@vadagar1 That's not just EA's philosophy, but the whole of America. Welcome to capitalism.

jawadhasan3
jawadhasan3

@ilagas88 True. But I would rather have those AAA games production stopped, than watch them be ruined by EA....

franky111
franky111

@ilagas88 Battlefield is dead anyway. Mass Effect was ruined, there is no more Mirror's Edge, and Dead Space is gone as well.

Also, Overstrike died the moment they turned it into Fuse.

Let them burn.