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EA Montreal sees "small number" of layoffs in reorganization

EA Montreal sees "small number" of layoffs in reorganization

Wed 25 Apr 2012 9:05pm GMT / 5:05pm EDT / 2:05pm PDT
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EA has confirmed that some teams are switching focus to digital

EA Montreal is dealing with a "very small number" of layoffs this week, Electronic Arts has confirmed to GamesIndustry International. After we were tipped off by an industry source about the layoffs, EA confirmed that EA Montreal is indeed undergoing a reorganization.

"EA Montreal is reorganizing some teams to focus on digital initiatives, including new mobile and social projects," EA corporate communications told us. "These are routine changes which address the cyclical nature of the game industry. A very small number of employees will be impacted - many will be assigned to new projects at EA, others will leave the company."

EA added, "Overall, we expect that EA's headcount will be up at the end of this year," reiterating the company's line from last week about its global workforce.

EA Montreal has worked on franchises like Army of Two, Boogie, Skate It and more. While our source indicated that the cuts at the studio were as high as 50 employees, it appears that the number actually leaving EA may be fewer.

4 Comments

Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus

459 738 1.6
In a company EA's size, 50 people isn't even a rounding error.

Posted:2 years ago

#1

William Usher Assistant Editor, Cinema Blend

45 44 1.0
Why am I not surprised? Feels like there's a battle between trying to slap some transparency on EA's inner business workings and EA trying to keep that door slammed shut.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Murray Lorden Game Designer & Developer, MUZBOZ

202 72 0.4
My heart stopped, as I thought this was about Eidos Montreal! Don't touch my Thief 4 team! Most eagerly awaited game of the millenium.


A few people let go at EA?
Not really even news. "-)

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Julian Cram Project Manager, Appster

50 28 0.6
Can we PLEASE stop saying in the games press that this or that is caused from games "going digital".

They've been digital since Spacewar!

Posted:2 years ago

#4

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