PopCap shuts down Dublin studio

PopCap Mobile associate producer JP Vaughan confirms Dublin studio closure; says staff had 30 days to prepare.

Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies creator PopCap has shut down its Dublin studio, according to PopCap Mobile associate producer JP Vaughan.

Vaughan Tweeted the news yesterday, saying that staff at the studio had 30 days to prepare.

Last month, PopCap cut its North American presence by around 50 people, and said it was investigating shutting down its Dublin operation.

At the time, PopCap co-founder John Vechey said that Electronic Arts--who bought PopCap for more than $750 million in July last year--did not push for the reorganisation, saying: "…if we didn't have EA behind us, the cuts would have been worse."

Last month, PopCap announced that its tower-defence sequel Plants vs. Zombies 2 will arrive late in the first half of 2013.

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Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

EA owns Popcap, Popcap shuts down studio. Do you see the connection?

SolidTy
SolidTy

"PopCap co-founder John Vechey said that Electronic Arts--who bought PopCap for more than $750 million in July last year--did not push for the reorganisation, saying: "…if we didn't have EA behind us, the cuts would have been worse.""

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EA saved some jobs, well that's good at least. Sorry about those that are losing their jobs though.

Pyerun
Pyerun

So they blew through all that money in one year and have to let people go?  I don't think so.  This is all greedy EA.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

"Selll out, with me oh yeah. Sell out, with me tonight.

The megaconglomerate publisher is gonna give me lots of money

And everything's gonna be alrig..."

 

Oh wait.

Dieofnv
Dieofnv

  its easy you buy a company  that's profitable for the next couple of years reduce personal to 75 or 60% to make it MORE profitable and RUN IT TO THE center of the inter core of the earth. 

DudeoftheRock
DudeoftheRock

Damn,  was gonna try to get work experience there.

ZOD777
ZOD777

I guess they had reached their population cap.

toshineon
toshineon

Well, what do you expect? They're owned by EA now. Just wait another couple of years at most and PopCap won't even exist anymore. This has happened with practically every studio that EA has aquired.

Fenriswolf
Fenriswolf

I swear EA ruins everything it touches. First the creator of PvZ gets fired, and now this.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

That really stinks seeing them closed, I hope Dublin employees find a job. 

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

 @Mr_Big_Boss Westwood Studios, Pandemic here comes Pop Cap to join you in studio shutdown hell poker

Ringx55
Ringx55

 @SolidTy It's also good to see dev's given a 30-day notice compared to other closures.

Lhomity
Lhomity

 @Fenriswolf No offense but do you read articles?

 

(See article: "At the time, PopCap co-founder John Vechey said that Electronic Arts--who bought PopCap for more than $750 million in July last year--did not push for the reorganisation, saying: "…if we didn't have EA behind us, the cuts would have been worse."")

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @FuryX-4 

Strange that this article didn't state it, but on IGN, this was in the article.

 

"PopCap has provided outplacement support and many employees have offers in other parts of PopCap, at EA or new opportunities with technology partners in Ireland.”

Lhomity
Lhomity

 @zombiexhead I'm not wearing special glasses that bend everything I read to suit my own stubborn predisposition towards a company or person I don't like. Sorry