EA is firing a huge round of employees- about 350 to be precise.
The publishing giant has followed in Activision-Blizzard’s footsteps a few weeks back and is firing 350 staff members. Kotaku chimed in on this case and confirmed that the employees belong to the companies marketing, publishing, and various other facilities.
Employees who worked for EA who were fired state that these layoffs have been coming for a while. Some knew about this beforehand, ever since October of 2018 when EA first mentioned it internally. EA will be looking to find new places for those affected by this round of layoffs by offering new roles within the company. For those who are leaving the company, they’ll be given their severance packages.
EA posted this message to readers today:
“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.”
EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson states:
“We have a vision to be the World’s Greatest Games Company. 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.”
With layoffs this large at a huge company, it really makes you think if videogames are stagnating in sales or if companies are just more competitive than ever.