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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.

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Author:Gavin Mannion

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  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    It’s simply because they have more people than what sales from games can cover. It’s what was being raised in the article yesterday.

    Too many overheads

    Edit: Really sad to hear there have been more lay offs :(

  • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

    Oh dear……well from what we have heard from ex-employees, it must feel like these guys are being released from jail early.
    Maybe it the teams working on DRM……HAHA JUST KIDDING. We all know EA like that too much.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    All these ppl laid off at various companies should band together, and make epic games

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      yes!

    • matthurstrsa

      Epic games? Like a new Unreal Tournament? Yes please!

    • http://twitter.com/Technikyle TechniKyle

      I just done a one man Mexican wave…

    • Verrayne

      Usually it’s the bad employees that are let go and the talent that is retained in an organisation. So I wouldn’t hope for too much from laid off mobile developers..

      • OVG

        But still it does not matter what the fuck they do. Us gamers dont give a shit. Thats why they get fired. Only 2% of us (out of the 140million consoles) buy their shit.

  • OVG

    TETRIS Bwahahahahahahaha

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      With microtransactions…. Need a specific piece? Purchase it!

      • Rincethis: Spellalicious

        Ohhhh, that’s a goodie!

        • Rincethis: Spellalicious

          So you want a vowel? PAY!

          • http://twitter.com/Technikyle TechniKyle

            Oh you found word with all 7 tiles but can’t place it? Pay to place it!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Ouch!

        • OVG

          Dont joke

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Angus/685100819 Carl Angus

        Lol, I hear you can also purchase unlock skins for individual pieces

        #HardcoreTetris4Life

  • OVG

    Economic America

  • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

    Spur waiters at least get a free lunch *runs*

    • OVG

      and food

    • matthurstrsa

      I was horrified to learn that they don’t anymore. its now half price only. Bastard Spur.

  • OVG

    I bet they agree that its the worst company of America.

  • Peter Grieslen

    Since admin duties have been taken over by EA Australia, I think EA South Africa isn’t very behind, I’m afraid. I’ll be really surprise if EA still has a SA office by the end of the year.

  • matthurstrsa

    Maybe their next salary was a DLC and they’re the ones who didn’t want to buy into the DLC?

  • R4geGam3r

    It’s strange that some companies are laying off people while Ubisoft have a 1000 people working on AC IV.

  • OVG

    MICRO TRANSACT, REDEEM, DLC, DRM THIS!!!!!

    • OVG

      Stupid greedy as fuck gaming industry. FULLY ENVISION YOUR SHIT FOR FUCKS SAKE.

  • OVG

    GAMER CRASH COMMING. Like before we all said 3D SUCKED, 3D TVs SUCK, the 3DS SUCKES, the VITA SUCKS, the Virtual BOY SUCKS, THE Wii U… WHAT THE FUCK IS A Wii U, LAWNMOWER MAN SUCKS,,,, VR SUCKS

    Just do what you did in 2007 and Ill be happy.

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