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Report: EA jobs will go within Pandemic, Maxis and C&C team

By Kath Brice

Wed 11 Nov 2009 8:32am GMT / 3:32am EST / 12:32am PST

Studios affected include makers of The Sims and Mercenaries

Following yesterday's news that EA is to lay off 1500 staff by the end of March 2010, reports are emerging the affected studios could include Pandemic, Maxis and nearly the entire Command & Conquer team.

According to sources speaking to Kotaku, the team working on Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight was informed it would be let go following the completion of the RTS game next year.

Also affected are former Sims studio and creators of Spore EA Maxis, Mercenaries and The Saboteur makers Pandemic Studios LA, and social network gaming acquisition Rupture Studios. Each is expected to lose substantial staff, and remaining employees will be relocated to EA headquarters in LA and Redwood Shores.

Yesterday, news emerged Black Box, Redwood Shores, Tiburon and Mythic had all been hit by the restructure.

EA has said that 1500 jobs will go - incorporating 900 positions in game development, 500 in publishing and 100 at corporate level - in a bid to save USD 100 million annually. 12 unannounced projects have been cancelled, and the publisher has said it will close "several" facilities down entirely.

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robert troughton Managing Director, Coconut Lizard

232 138 0.6
"the team working on Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight was informed it would be let go following the completion of the RTS game next year"

How are EA managing that..? Surely the team will just walk...? Or are they going to get some nice bonuses at the end?

Posted:6 years ago


Jonathan McEnroe Freelance 2D artist

47 20 0.4
If EA would just stop buying companies they wouldn't have to sack anyone. I think this was the same story last year when they sacked a load of people and bought a company a week later. They could have funding so many projects with the money they just spent on Playfish.

I feel sorry for the people who are loosing their jobs :(

Posted:6 years ago


Jeremy Robinson Quality Assurance, eyecon

7 1 0.1
Where do companies get the idea that the only way to save money is to fire staff. Why not reduced engagement? How do they expect the economy to recover if you keep putting people out of work?

I hope that the people that loose their jobs find new ones soon.

Posted:6 years ago


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