The Sims studio EA Salt Lake hit with layoffs, shifts to mobile

Some employees were offered positions at Maxis in California, others were laid off as the studios focuses on mobile development.

Electronic Arts has laid off part of the staff at its Salt Lake City, Utah office as it shifts to mobile development.

"EA Salt Lake is becoming largely focused on mobile development, including ‘The Sims’ and other projects," EA said in a statement. "Recent shifts unfortunately resulted in the reduction of a few teams. As we look to match skills with opportunities, some staff will be offered other positions at EA, while others will leave the company."

Sources told IGN that 40 employees are moving to Maxis in California, 35 had been laid off, with an estimated 20 from EA All Play. EA's All Play label is dedicated to digital games, with a focus on mobile and social games, like Real Racing 3.

Some EA mobile games have been hugely profitable for the publisher. The Simpsons: Tapped Out generated 130 million in digital net revenue through the third fiscal quarter of 2013. In its latest earnings call, EA also reported a net loss of $308 million for the quarter.

"I hope we’ll see some new startups rise—that’s a talented group of people there," former head of EA Salt Lake Jon Dean, who has now formed his own independent gaming studio in Utah told The Salt Lake Tribune. "They’re smart and they could easily do their own thing."

Yesterday we reported at layoffs at another EA studio, Ghost Games UK, which developed Need for Speed: Rivals.

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35 comments
BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Nothing new EA has been doing this for a good two decades now lets just hope they don't end up buying any other dev studios anytime soon since they just destroy them and throw them away in a five to eight year time span.

LE5LO
LE5LO

I feel extremely sorry for all the talented people that work for EA, but that sympathy doesn't extend any further than the people who actually make the games and are treated as disposable, when they are obviously the companies most valuable asset in this tough time. Not the highly paid executives who rarely, if ever pay the consequences, the ones forcing awful decision upon awful decision on people below them that then have to execute those bad decisions.

If EA truly wants to see itself get out of the toilet water, firstly start by getting rid of the people that come up with suicidal decisions like making SimCity online only, that was arguably the biggest mistake the company has made in years and likely resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of sales, if not millions of sales. They need to get rid of the people making those kinds of terrible decisions that hurt this industry, and leave the developers they hire alone to make the games they want to make!!! Ok, I'm done! Thanks.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Worst Company in Amercia strikes again.

toshineon
toshineon

I remember when the only mobile games that you usually saw was Snake and Tetris. I give about as much of a shit about mobile gaming now as I did then.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Hopefully publishers will soon become redundant.

ClevernameX
ClevernameX

I used to play The Sims until I realized their lives were more boring then mine, outside of sleeping with the neighbors wife that is.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

EA's greed has risen they got as they seem to say a shit ton of money yet they choose to make their workers lives and their families lives worse. EA is SHIT and should just roll over and die selling the good titles to real gamer companies.

Fabian85
Fabian85

Will the sims 4 still be released for pc or what. Its produced by maxis? Dont give shit about mobile

playstationzone
playstationzone

That's EA Games  for you having layoffs  just to make shit mobile games.   Reason making more mobile games is that EA Games  want to make more money for spending less. So EA Games Mangers will get more money.  If everyone stop buying there games EA Games will go broke.

urstupd
urstupd

DONT STOP WE CAN BRING THEM DOWN! UNITE!!! 

boysupmeat
boysupmeat

Yeah, well... that's EA for ya!
Create a franchise that makes billions and EA will still close you down.

Karlinel
Karlinel

While this new probably has no relation to the other layoffs, it sure makes for an interesting and apocaliptic scenario. Unfortunately, Titanfall's dubious "innovation" will keep it afloat since the dudebro collective seems to be massive enough to keep EA alive.

So, being constructive, who wants to start bets on which studio will be next?

pboontap
pboontap

hmmm, these lil bits of news are happening awful close together for EA.......methinks they are starting to really feel gamer wrath about their whole shitty enterprise


SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

We've made millions, if not billions, out of your work but it doesn't matter; money is ours and in our pockets. Now get out and leave before we call the guards!

19James89
19James89

Nintendo lose money and their shareholders and senior staff take large pay cuts, EA lose money and make redundancies.

That's why I love Nintendo. 



deadpeasant
deadpeasant

The 3rd fiscal quarter of 2014? So EA have created time machines now? This is very bad news... :D

Kunasha
Kunasha

Oh, they were told to make more things like the new Dungeon Keeper mobile?

To those who weren't fired: Run while you can!

m_dorian
m_dorian

Noone with a talent should go work for EA if they have a choice because their dreams will quickly shatter. The corporate culture of this company is terrible, one reason why their recent  games lack soul and flair. As long they have the money to spent on marketing the brass does not give a damn about quality.

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

It sucks to see layoffs in this economy, but since its happening to EA i guess thats ok.

LE5LO
LE5LO

@PinchySkree  Over the years so many great games have been financed by the wallets of big publishers. It would be a shame if the only alternatives were government grants, self financing or crowd-sourcing. Not all of the big publishers have resorted to EA-like nickel and dime tactics....yet. There's still hope.


thorn3000
thorn3000

@urstupd you would do better supporting the right politicians, bringing down a gaming company is not a goal for an adult person

Sir_Claude
Sir_Claude

@boysupmeat  EA Salt Lake didn't create the franchise, Maxis did and they should be head of development once again, still, Salt Lake City was a good developer with talented people and it is still a shame they are closing it down...

boysupmeat
boysupmeat

@Karlinel  Probably Visceral Games, unless their Star Wars game sells really well.

bernard978
bernard978

@Karlinel  SEGA will probably do it to one of their studios soon, perhaps Relic or CA. Considering all SEGA do is release heaps of shit with broken promises.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@19James89 Nintendo is not saving any jobs through "CEO pay cuts."  The majority of executive compensation comes from stock options and bonuses, NOT salary.


So if you thought Nintendo was actually sacrificing anything then you've been duped.

beuneus12
beuneus12

@19James89 will be a cold day in hell when EA senior staff take large paycuts..

pyro1245
pyro1245

@deadpeasant  remember all those games you used to love playing as a kid? no you don't.

Karlinel
Karlinel

@m_dorian  Being fair, that's not just EA doing, think of Activision/Blizzard and their dropping quality jobs, or SEGA and Squeenix with their absurd DLC policies, or CAPCOM with its very own existence...

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@19James89 @playstationzone

If EA goes broke another one will take its place; a developer with vision, creating masterpieces for all platforms, universes so great, beautiful and exciting gamers will prefer them to the real world and will want to spend the rest of their lives living in their virtual reality instead of the real world. People will have to feed them with tubes, keep them connected at all time, afraid that if they cut their link to these worlds they'll instantly die of boredom. And in these worlds they'll travel through time and space, reaching worlds no one dreamt of, worlds on strange and fascinating planets, far away from the Earth, sometimes far from this galaxy itself. They'll travel to the past and change what was, they'll travel to future and be forever changed by things no one can imagine...

Nah... EA won't go broke.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@thorn3000 @SpicaAntares@19James89@playstationzone

Relax. All I'm doing is opposing not the reality but the promises of virtual reality, the dreams carried in modern day games, to the reality of capitalism. What things could be as to what things are. No, EA won't go away.

When your priority is profit everything is sacrificed to that goal. Capitalism, not only is it wholly inefficient in using the vast resources of human beings available, it's also the greatest blockade to creativity. Now, just for the sake of it, try to imagine freeing all the creativity of games creators outside the pressures of bringing profits to the masters and owners of this world, whom themselves don't create anything. Imagine people creating games the way they dream they should be, no limits whatsoever.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@SpicaAntares @19James89@playstationzone "a developer with vision, creating masterpieces for all platforms," .....you're on drugs or what? every developer will go for money, they have to earn something, and those you don;t go for money will either be reminder by publishers to go for money or they will bankrupt and create no more games, whichever you prefer