I can honestly say I can’t keep up with the amount of lay offs and studio closures in the gaming industry. It seems like being a games developer is about as stable as being a waiter at Spur just with extra perks.
In the latest cuts we are hearing that EA Games has slashed it’s workforce at their Montreal Studio which houses 300 employees and who’s main focus is on developing mobile games such as Scrabble and Tetris.
EA haven’t announced how many people have been let go but in an announcement they have stated they are streamlining and sharpening their focus.
“EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization. These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world.”
While it’s always a sad day when people lose their jobs I can’t help but be a little hopeful that this means EA are shifting their focus from mobile back to console and PC titles… but that’s unlikely.