More layoffs at EA

Battlefield, FIFA publisher cuts jobs at India office and Playfish as part of latest stream of layoffs.

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Electronic Arts has cut more jobs, with the latest layoffs taking place at EA Hyderabad (India) and social game studio Playfish (London).

MCV India reports that 50 jobs were cut at EA’s mobile studio in India. The company acknowledged that layoffs took place, but declined to give any further official details.

As for Playfish, Develop cites sources saying that EA cut an unspecified number of jobs at the outfit. This is not much of a surprise, as earlier this week EA announced that Playfish Facebook games The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society will shut down in June. EA purchased Playfish in 2009 for $275 million-plus.

Jobs have also been cut at EA's customer service center in Galway, Ireland.

Last week, EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed staff reduction as a means to "streamline" the company's business operations to ensure it is well positioned for the upcoming console transition.

Discussion

94 comments
OldKye
OldKye

Ok ok we have had our differences EA and we see your on hard times so why not just declare bankruptcy and shut down and we'll call it even?

Ledah
Ledah

Hurry EA, shoot the window!

gregrout
gregrout

What can we expect now, another rant from their "new" CEO proclaiming that they aren't the worst company two years in a row? 

MightyEzekiel
MightyEzekiel

I find it funny to hear people want EA dead yet they complain when their employees get fired.

elanbg
elanbg

Another studio bought and destroyed. EA are "streamlining" the industry, one studio at a time.

playniko69
playniko69

On the bright side, they don't have to work for that piece a shit EA anymore. But still...sad. Wrong people getting fired. Fuck those useless piece a shit Execs! 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I would leave India as well.. It has been really bad there lately especially for the women.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Bye bye, dont let the door hit you in the ASS on the way out shlubs.

IronBeaver
IronBeaver


"Friends and family say the gunman spent an unusual amount of time playing violent video games at rest stops."

If it sounds stupid, it probably is.

Slavadil
Slavadil

I love how EA uses the term "streamline" whenever they're screwing people over. Whether it be consumers or their own employees.

HIT3kNology
HIT3kNology

Stop complaining you idiots.  Perhaps learn to read, "Last week, EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed staff reduction as a means to "streamline" the company's business operations to ensure it is well positioned for the upcoming console transition." Perhaps instead of acting like ignorant fucking idiots all the time, you could stop and think. Every large company does this, this is not news. Operating expenses increase over time, so you layoff to reduce them because the longer an employee works at a company the more expensive he will get to maintain. Decrease expenses, increase net income. It's not greed, it's management. All those layed off understood the risks. Unless you are a business student or have a business degree I would suggest you shut the fuck up and stop acting like you know what you're talking about. Perhaps go bitch on the Mario articles, where you don't need to use your peanut of a brain. Try running a large company and just letting operating expenses increase, watch how quickly that company will go bankrupt.

darkeyez81
darkeyez81

One more time EA honoring the top award that they now get every year.

pidow
pidow

They are some of the worst managerial people in the world.....one put 275 million into and four years later you close the shop?......Poor decision making is very evident at EA for many reasons and it shows.  This is the result of "GREED" and a lack of leadership, managerial skills and a strong desire to make money by any means necessary.  My primary concern is for the people who lost and are loosing their means of support for their families.........sad.

b10nutz
b10nutz

And again people lose their jobs because of bad leadership......

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Sucks seeing people lose their jobs.....

TheKitesNest
TheKitesNest

this is a shame....i dont like seeing people going jobless....in EA's case...having a smaller internal structure may be a good thing

shanoobergloobe
shanoobergloobe

ehh... its a shame that battlefield fell into the hands of EA........


seriously where the hell is Bad Company 3!!!

cboye18
cboye18

I thought the CEO and EA's shareholders are the true SOB's?

vadagar1
vadagar1

its just too bad that a lot of good folks will lose there jobs until the real assholes are finally reached, when a company is not doing great its the CEO/president's fault, sadly they don't get fired. 

they fire 50 people who are in no way responsible for the companies economic woes, then the company still fails and they ask why???

when the leadership is bad it does not matter how many troops and tanks u have, your gonna lose, sadly its a human trend to let one idiot run the show, get thousands of people killed/fired and then he does his puppy eye crap and says he is sorry. 


Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

I don't know why people get so upset in here, its not like you can change anything, all you can really change is stop buying their games or well pirate them if you disperately want to play them so bad. EA is like any other entertainment company out there they strafe for money and of course they will cut jobs and make adjustments but please as a gamer just focus on the games and if you dislike it just dont support it or dont buy it, thats all.

oskuuu
oskuuu

 Dammit EA, keep this up and you'll definitely win your 3rd golden poo!

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Should be cutting those useless Execs who get nothing right.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

Bet EA found a way out of paying redundancy payments.

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

Suddenly have the urge to sing "Ding dong the witch is dead"...

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

It's becoming increasingly clear that if you work for a game development studio, especially one owned by a large publisher, you have no job security. :(

I hope that all of those people affected by these job cuts can find alternative employment soon.

Saidrex
Saidrex

3rd golden poo guaranteed

Kayweg
Kayweg

Only problem is, it's all the WRONG people getting fired.

CrashOV
CrashOV

I didn't even know EA had a customer service.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@HIT3kNology I Was Wondering, Could You Remove Your head from your ass when Talking?

I don't want to inconvenience you, but you seem like you have something you need to say, and it's a little difficult to understand you when it's all muffled.

Personally, I could never stand to experience the taste of my own shit 24 hours a day, but I do respect the methods by which other people lead their lives.


khankalili
khankalili

@HIT3kNology and this way of managing without regard for humans, and only for money, has nothing to do with the state the world is in today.


It's funny how companies that are still making sh*tloads of money think that that isn't enough.

But I guess because it's commonplace we should all just accept it... right?

vadagar1
vadagar1

@b10nutz it was customary for the leader to shot himself when he fails his men, wish that trend returns.

Peter_Desert
Peter_Desert

@uk_friday why oh why? tell me how cutting some costumer-service and staff  from the mobile studio will affect their full fledged console/pc games. if anything, cutting people from mobile sector may be a good thing for us. Maybe EA is figuring out there is not consistency on mobile/free to play crap.

I'm just hoping things get better since the CEO resigned.

gregrout
gregrout

@vadagar1 It's not just EA though. If we were going to be honest about this, we'd make note that this dilemma applies to all companies. A lot of the "evil" incentive is driven by stockholders. It all about the way the system is wired, if a company does "the right thing" they're usually punished by the stockholders. Ford pays off victims of the Pinto design instead of recalling the car, they're rewarded. BP "cleans up" the oil spewing into the Gulf and share prices go down. Do the responsible thing you're punished. Be greedy beyond all measure and you're rewarded.     

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

@GSGuy321 well thats not gonna happen as execs are rather rated after how successful the business goes wheras layoffs is more to cut costs in most cases, in japan for example if a busisness is doing horribly bad the exec most of the time will resign of own free will well not so much in other parts of the world.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@PSBEATSALLDEAL that's capitalism for you sir, those on the top accumulate the cash, those on the bottom accumulate s**t falling down.....and you know the worst thing is that the exec / execs (generally speaking) will not have trouble finding another job, most likely a good paid one at that, while the basic employees will mostly have troubles

vadagar1
vadagar1

@Kayweg that's what i keep saying but some of the idiots in the comments refuse to understand cause they have S***T for brains.

all these poor people getting fired while the person responsible is probably counting cash as we speak.

speedcrysis
speedcrysis

@CrashOV sure u r piret gammer...buy original E.A game

gregrout
gregrout

@Peter_Desert There's just no way I can see EA walking away from a new sector dripping with DLC, cheap game development and treasure chests of micro-transactions.   

CrashOV
CrashOV

@speedcrysis Son, I've been gaming before you even knew how to misspell pirate. So lets not even go there.

Peter_Desert
Peter_Desert

@gregrout @Peter_Desert even if they don't walk away form it(which i dont see them doing), the main point is that the staff being cut has no relevance whatsoever to the big budget titles.

but just to elaborate on what you said: yeah, the mobile sector brings in easy money, but I think maybe the expanded too much expecting every mobile app to bring in money, which is not how things work, thus trimming of mobile staff