Plants Vs. Zombies, Peggle Dev PopCap Suffers Layoffs
PopCap reassures that its Seattle studio isn't going away.
PopCap has laid off a portion of the staff at its Seattle headquarters, it has announced.
The Electronic Arts-owned developer, best known for the Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle, and Bejeweled series, shared the news today on Twitter. In a letter, PopCap GM Matt Nutt explained, "We need to evolve to ensure our big ideas are going to continue to excite and give players more of what we do best--inspiring the world to play, together."
This note from our GM was shared with PopCap Seattle today. pic.twitter.com/5kVcHLwTnt— PopCap Games (@popcap) May 2, 2017
Nutt's letter, which you can read in full above, doesn't indicate the extent of the layoffs, only saying that it has "made the difficult decision to reduce the size of [its] team in Seattle." It also notes it will be "refocusing on key titles and new projects."
"PopCap Seattle isn't going anywhere--we're re-focused and re-energized," Nutt continued. "We're returning to our roots--smaller, leaner, pushing hard to build new things, and aiming big to excite fans worldwide with our games. We'll keep working to deliver more for some of our existing Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies titles, but we're also going to try some new things, too."
We've reached out to EA for further comment and will report back with anything it has to share.