EA layoffs totaled 10 percent of staff

FIFA and Battlefield publisher expects to pay $16 million in severance costs related to layoffs; global staff now estimated at around 8,400.

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The recent wave of layoffs at Electronic Arts totaled about 10 percent of global staff at the FIFA and Battlefield publisher, the company announced today.

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EA CFO Blake Jorgensen confirmed the figure today during a post-earnings financial call. He said EA expects to recognize $16 million in severance expenses as a result of the cost reduction move.

The 10 percent global layoff figure was rumored last month.

At the end of 2012, EA employed around 9,370 people across the world. A ten percent staff reduction would mean the company's total headcount now stands at around 8,400 developers.

EA has yet to detail which teams were impacted and a company representative was not immediately available to comment.

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