More layoffs at EA - Report

Source says Battlefield publisher let go of a "small number" of employees recently as part of company-wide restructuring.

The layoffs at Electronic Arts are reportedly continuing. A source has told Polygon that the Battlefield publisher has let go a "small number" of employees recently.

This source said fewer than 20 employees were affected by the job cuts, which are supposedly related to the company-wide restructuring effort that EA began months ago.

This move resulted in a 10 percent reduction in the publisher's total workforce--or approximately 900 people.

It is unclear which department or departments the cuts came from, though a game research analyst said on Twitter that he had been laid off today.

EA is not the only company cutting jobs. Yesterday, Square Enix confirmed that Hitman developer IO Interactive had laid off 50 percent of its total workforce and canceled multiple projects as it refocuses on development of a new AAA Hitman title.

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131 comments
vadagar1
vadagar1

just stop hiring people just so you can fire them for fun

OldKye
OldKye

120 fired 780 too go.

negativeions
negativeions

All EA employees do it to themselves... if you don't want to be overworked and underpaid, simple. Just DON'T WORK FOR EA. Belief in a a solution, will pave the way to a solution. The mind is a powerful thing.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Good they're keeping the same terrible, bad game mechanics from BF3. Good.

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

WOOOO! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, BABY!! (Cole Train voice) EA is like "F*** you, MS! You ain't about to get the 'Worst Company' Award without a fight!!"

mlcarter815
mlcarter815

This isn't necessarily bad news for EA. It's been said by analysts that EA has been overstaffed and this reduction of employees actually gets them down to a more reasonable number. 

pszone
pszone

EA Did not resale enough games and all job cuts for bad ideas fro EA Games .

Dieofnv
Dieofnv

i hope it was the PR department they fucking make everything into a "urban scene "  

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

I'm sure those brilliant executives will blame piracy yet again, and thereby justify more DRM policies.

Meanwhile, CDR with their simple anti-DRM policy are expanding, opening up new offices, hiring more people etc.

Bunch of morons at EA front office.

pawel04
pawel04

"You can put camo on your guns to personalize them slightly" you did that in battlefield 3?

AcidTango
AcidTango

I guess that what you get EA for being a trash gaming company. Hopefully those people find a better company to work for then they did at EA.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Here's a thought, EA.  How about cutting in half the salaries of some of the hot-air-spewing executives you keep running out here so that you can keep the people who actually do the work...working!  How bout that one???

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

EA... did you think you could get away with your business model forever? You're too bloated and slow to move in a ever changing market. You need to slim down and be hungry to make good games if you wanna survive. If you don't change you will die. Its evolution. It applies to publishers too.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Now please lay off the rest and were good.

greenballer
greenballer

Lol you never see a CEO or board member get fired to make for better restructuring.

gamer6130
gamer6130

The game industry is dying little by little everyday.

EchoStation
EchoStation

OCULUS RIFT!!! Am I in the right section?

burnettaj
burnettaj

EA just farted in the wind and we all got a whif of it. Fuckers...

MercifulYet
MercifulYet

EA and Microsoft must share the same moronic mind. Stupid fools...

mellow09
mellow09

Who knows, maybe their brilliant exclusive partnership with Microsoft will get those jobs back . . .

sonyfreak456
sonyfreak456

more layoffs? I hope EA doesn't end up like THQ.

Kriz7nwa
Kriz7nwa

some studios claim that they went bankrupt just so that they wont have to pay their employees their salary, so this aint so bad in this industry people get laid off all the time.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

I predict the Microsoft having layoffs of their own after this Christmas season.

That's what happens when you hire EA's former President of Worldwide studios to run the show.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@GSGuy321 LAWL i love the CDPR jokers who find the flimsiest excuses they possibly can to insert a "Well CDPR is doing this and it's aweeesome!" post. CDPR blows, witcher blows and is overrated and not fun, and CDPR is NOT the only developer doing anything right.

LS-Chaos
LS-Chaos

They did a crappy job at it in BF3, they released a couple of camos for a couple of guns, then released the same camos for different guns over time .__. Hope they have a lot more options this time.

halo-freak
halo-freak

@pawel04 I hope they mean custom camo's you can design yourself..that would rule.

Otherwise nothing new indeed.

Arronaxxx
Arronaxxx

@kungfuj0  

That would be socialist. And americans hate socialism, right?

edinko
edinko

@kungfuj0 Burn  Heretic! How dare you? Millions of dollars for people that spend their working time in a yacht club are much more important that money for people who actually work!

Imagine those poor fellas if they cannot buy a new FERRARI for a weekly salary

zpluffy
zpluffy

@kungfuj0 

Are you crazy? Why would they cut their own salary or fire themselves?

MN121MN
MN121MN

@greenballer I did recall the news about that new board member, that woman who was the VP of the New York Times?

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@gamer6130 Gaming industry dying? Not really. AAA business model dying? Yes, that is dying.
Solutions?
Indy development. Games with focus on the gamer, not the profit. Less restrictions, more criativity and originality. you just have to take a look at the indy and arcade games to see that there are lots of interesting games and ideas, worth looking, at and capable of injecting some news experiences into the gaming world. As long as they have room to breed and are not constantly overshadowed by big PR campaigns for AAA run-of.the.mill games that dry everything else around.

chris091471
chris091471

@gamer6130 I don't think the game industry is dying. EA might be dying and EA deserves to die. I think a lot of people are sick of EA. But the game inudstry as a whole isn't dying. I do however think the game industry is in transition right now.

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

@sonyfreak456 THQ. Who's that THQ you speak of? Must have been before my time.

beuneus12
beuneus12

@HowlPendragon he was hired so he could broker the deal between Microsoft and EA about DRM on used games for the XOne

Revolving door politics and all that

Wonder how long he'll last after that debacle

WTF1555
WTF1555

@HowlPendragon LOL! Wikipedia Don A Mattrick born 13 February 1964 is currently the President of the Anal receiveing at Microsoft!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@LS-Chaos Camos that didn't even apply to the maps,  other than woodland. It would be like "You wants urban camo!?!!?!!?!" and you're like "I'm in the fields of aghanistan".

edinko
edinko

@Arronaxxx @kungfuj0 the rich ones that exploit the poor ones definitely cause capitalism allows them to trample on the poor joes for their greed. Maybe the poor ones would like some form of socialism more. who knows

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@TigusVidiks @gamer6130 No offense to that because there are so many good indie games but if you take away the AAA market, the game industry will not survive. If the only thing left is indie games, the funding goes away, the publishers go away, the development teams go away. and you have small groups of people making games who may or may not succeed, potentially relying all on kickstarter and steam greenlight.

At that point you'll be paying 50 dollars for Super Meat Boy or Organ Trail or Binding of Isaac, and though I have no problem paying money for things I feel deserve money, that pretty much further shatters the already screwed up system by making everything oldschool. There aren't many indie games that are as complex or deep as some of the major games like Red Dead Redemption, Elder Scrolls, GTA, or many others for example.