EA is undergoing major layoffs today. The nicest thing we can say about them is that at least it’s “only” 350 out of 9000 global employees, compared to the 800 dislodged from Activision-Blizzard earlier this year. It is not clear which games will be affected, but worth noting is that EA has several blockbuster hits on its hands at the moment, including Apex Legends.
Here’s the core part of official statement.
“Today we took some important steps as a company to address our challenges and prepare for the opportunities ahead. As we look across a changing world around us, it’s clear that we must change with it. We’re making deliberate moves to better deliver on our commitments, refine our organization and meet the needs of our players. As part of this, we have made changes to our marketing and publishing organization, our operations teams, and we are ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia as we focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets. In addition to organizational changes, we are deeply focused on increasing quality in our games and services. Great games will continue to be at the core of everything we do, and we are thinking differently about how to amaze and inspire our players.”
Our sympathies are with the rank-and-file affected by this move.