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Layoffs hit EA, company 'not disclosing specific teams impacted'

Following up with EA about the closure of EA Mobile Montreal, we've received the following statement from the company.

"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization," the company told Joystiq."These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."

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zeal0us1710d ago

My guess some of the people behind Army of Two. Poor sales and the reviews for it hasn't been good.

AngelicIceDiamond1710d ago

Lol I was about to say that. Army Of Two team were let go.

3-4-51710d ago

good. Those games were useless and pointless. The exact kind of games that DON'T need to be made this gen.

aCasualGamer1710d ago

@3-4-5

Those are exactly the type of games that need to be made. More games need to be focused on local multiplayer, aka splitscreen campaigns. Whether or not those games were good is a whole different matter, but they need to be made. I can't tell you how many times i told myself, "wow, this would be a great splitscreen game if it ever was made" when i played Uncharted, God of war etc.

AtomicGerbil1710d ago

Start with the people at the top.

GiantFriendlyCrab1710d ago

they are getting more bonuses now

The_KELRaTH1710d ago

Following in the footsteps of the bankers, win get bonuses, fail still get big bonuses but fire staff!!

sitharrefus1710d ago

Not surprised after winning worst company of the year (hope the ppl affected find a job)

The_KELRaTH1710d ago (Edited 1710d ago )

I'm not surprised as they keep trying to charge far more than the going rates for mobile games.
If iPhone games are typically £0.69p to £1.29 then you're not going to sell loads like Angry Birds etc etc by charging £4.99

It doesn't help them that while with consoles it's all very controlled and there's very few new titles each month so they can hike the prices but on iTunes etc there's absolutely loads of choice (I bet they loath the independent programmers lol).

maniacmayhem1710d ago

This is surprising? EA is notorious for this and is probably one of the leading companies to make lay-offs acceptable in the video game industry.

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