Breaking News: EA fires 350 employee & closes 2 offices

Vichy360
244 posts Sunday League Hero
edited March 2019
https://kotaku.com/ea-lays-off-350-people-in-marketing-publishing-analyt-1833575289

The video game publisher Electronic Arts is laying off 350 people in marketing, publishing, and other areas, the latest move in what’s been a brutal year for the gaming industry.

In an e-mail to employees obtained by Kotaku, EA boss Andrew Wilson said the goal would be to streamline decision-making in the marketing and publishing departments following a consolidation that began last year, improve customer support, and change some of its international strategies, a move that includes closing offices in Russia and Japan.

“We have a vision to be the World’s Greatest Games Company,” he wrote. “If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re not there right now. We have work to do with our games, our player relationships, and our business.”

“Across the company, teams are already taking action to ensure we are creating higher-quality games and live services, reaching more platforms with our content and subscriptions, improving our Frostbite tools, focusing our network and cloud gaming priorities, and closing the gap between us and our player communities,” he added.

When reached by Kotaku this morning, EA sent over the following 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.

“This is a difficult day. The changes we’re making today will impact about 350 roles in our 9,000-person company. These are important but very hard decisions, and we do not take them lightly. We are friends and colleagues at EA, we appreciate and value everyone’s contributions, and we are doing everything we can to ensure we are looking after our people to help them through this period to find their next opportunity. This is our top priority.”

Later, an EA representative added that the company would be providing severance to laid-off employees. “Yes, we are working with employees to try and find other roles inside the company,” the spokesperson said. “For those that are leaving the company, we will also be providing severance and other resources. I’m not able to provide the details on the severance, but we work hard to be as helpful as we possibly can.”

One person who works in one of the affected departments told Kotaku this morning that these layoffs had been expected for a while now, and that EA had put hiring and travel freezes on marketing for several months. People within marketing and publishing had been expecting a reorganization since at least October, the person said. “I think some people will be relieved to not be in limbo anymore,” they said.

This news comes amidst a year full of massive layoffs at game companies, including Activision Blizzard and ArenaNet. Although the video game industry continues to grow, with the Entertainment Software Association touting ever-increasing revenue, it’s been a challenging 2019 for game developers and publishers.

Comments

  • Recoba
    4384 posts National Call-Up
    I just hope they keep the EA Sports team.
  • Pughy30
    27015 posts Player of the Year
    Before anyone thinks this will massively impact fifa, " Electronic Arts is laying off 350 people in marketing, publishing, and other areas".
  • Fifa_Hawk_85
    16541 posts World Class
    FPs are definitely on the way out. EA have been acting desperate all year with promo's and screwing over the community and now letting 350 people go. Can't wait to see the back of FPs tbh.
  • Vichy360
    244 posts Sunday League Hero
    Pughy30 wrote: »
    Before anyone thinks this will massively impact fifa, " Electronic Arts is laying off 350 people in marketing, publishing, and other areas".

    “We have a vision to be the World’s Greatest Games Company,” he wrote. “If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re not there right now. We have work to do with our games, our player relationships, and our business.”

    EA CEO
  • Empyrium7
    3657 posts National Call-Up
    it's weird to see marketing and publishing instead of game developers
  • HullCity1904
    2446 posts Fans' Favourite
    Empyrium7 wrote: »
    it's weird to see marketing and publishing instead of game developers

    Developers are a much more precious commodity. Harder to replace and it would lower the value of the company.

    marketing people are a dime a dozen
  • Xguti002
    2020 posts Fans' Favourite
    Empyrium7 wrote: »
    it's weird to see marketing and publishing instead of game developers

    Don’t game developers need to get a green light before moving forward? I would blame those giving the green light before game developers
  • Alx192
    670 posts An Exciting Prospect
    EA laid off more than 350 people, tbh. I am counting the people from the community as well, that quit their game. We just don't get severance.

    But it is sad for the laid off employees, I hope this will not affect them too much.
  • Kouli06
    1628 posts Play-Off Hero
    Vichy360 wrote: »
    our player relationships

    This bit especially 😂
  • Noob_FC
    3151 posts National Call-Up
    Xguti002 wrote: »
    Empyrium7 wrote: »
    it's weird to see marketing and publishing instead of game developers

    Don’t game developers need to get a green light before moving forward? I would blame those giving the green light before game developers

    Agreed upto a point... but the glitches are there because of faulty coding(position change glitch as an example)... The messups throughout the year(the wrong icon image posted).. These are coding/testing errors... from developers and testers...

    Unless there is a measure to improve here... it will be difficult next year as well....
  • Empyrium7
    3657 posts National Call-Up
    Xguti002 wrote: »
    Empyrium7 wrote: »
    it's weird to see marketing and publishing instead of game developers

    Don’t game developers need to get a green light before moving forward? I would blame those giving the green light before game developers

    Why not both.
  • Nktori
    272 posts Sunday League Hero
    Noob_FC wrote: »
    Xguti002 wrote: »
    Empyrium7 wrote: »
    it's weird to see marketing and publishing instead of game developers

    Don’t game developers need to get a green light before moving forward? I would blame those giving the green light before game developers

    Agreed upto a point... but the glitches are there because of faulty coding(position change glitch as an example)... The messups throughout the year(the wrong icon image posted).. These are coding/testing errors... from developers and testers...

    Unless there is a measure to improve here... it will be difficult next year as well....

    Exactly.. You don't need the green light to not do things wrong.
  • So we expecting cutbacks to the forum aswell?
    It will be a shame. Don’t actually get button delay in here
  • Nonavital
    127 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    PR move after latest results. 3% layoffs when there is probably around 10% annual employees turnover is not that significant.
  • GoodnightIrene
    3864 posts National Call-Up
    EA_Andy wrote: »
    I'm going to leave this thread up for now but have already had to remove posts.

    Making jokes about this situation is not cool. Despite what you might think of particular employees, FIFA or EA in general these are people just like you.

    If any further posts of this nature are made the thread will be locked straight away.
    I hope you kept your position in the company Andy x
  • EA_Andy
    3378 posts EA Staff (retired)
    Given the replies since my last message that have had to be removed I'm going to lock this one.
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