Electronic Arts experiences layoffs at Montreal studio

Apr 11, 2013
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Just a few weeks after the resignation of Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, the game publisher has reportedly issued a round of layoffs at its Montreal mobile-development studio. The studio employs around 300 people total, and it's said that the studio will be heavily impacted, although it's uncertain how many employees the company is letting go exactly.

Electronic Arts released a statement on the matter, saying that they are "sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile." However, this comes at cost, and will involve "reducing team sizes" in order to become a more "efficient organization." The company says that "streamlining [their] operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."

The layoffs come after CEO John Riccitiello stepped down from the position last month, admitting that the financial troubles with the company is completely his fault. The company has seen less-than-steller financial results these past few months, so the layoffs may not just be about streamlining, but they're also most likely a result from hard financial times.

Electronic Arts laid off employees at its Montreal and Los Angeles studios last month, including other smaller studios, so this isn't the first layoff to hit EA in a while, and we're guessing that the game publisher may lay off even more people, but only time will tell. Being named the "worst company in America" probably doesn't help too much.

[via Polygon]


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