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EA Lays Off Hundreds of Employees

posted Sunday Apr 22, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

EA Lays Off Hundreds of Employees

Electronic Arts might not be doing well, even with the added revenue from their Season Ticket from their EA Sports titles. After completing a handful of major games last year, like Star Wars and Battlefield 3, the studio is going to be laying off 500 to 1,000 employees, which is roughly between 5 to 10 percent of the entire workforce.

How will this affect the company and is it a bad thing? The full story is after the break.

The company stated in an email to All Things D that,

EA is growing and looking to hire hundreds of people for our digital, console, mobile and social games. Like all game companies, we make occasional adjustments to resize teams as projects are completed and new priorities are established. Overall, we expect that headcount will be up at the end of this year.

So what we're seeing here is layoffs after two of their biggest projects of the year, in both the Star Wars: The Old Republic and Battlefield 3 titles. The extra employees were brought on to push the titles to launch as quick as possible with as much detail put into the game in order to fight ActiVision's latest wave of popular first-person shooters and MMO games. EA says it is typical for some employees to stay on and shift to new projects but most end up being layed off. Any rumor that you may have seen around the Internet that the company is in trouble might as well be thrown out the window.

EA did say that they have a clear plan on their upcoming ten years, however. The company plans to bring on 5,000 engineers to build an all-encompassing platform that brings together EA's mobile, social and console platforms in one place. Chief Technology Officer Rajat Taneja has been on a push already to make that happen, and has upped the team by 600 people since his signing on in October.

In the end, it appears just to be business as usual for EA and shows how much dedication they actually wanted to put to get the games into place and into the hands of consumers. We will learn about how well sales went and EA's future projects when their Q4 earnings call comes up next month.


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