Layoffs strike at EA

Layoffs strike at EA
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

February 22nd 2013 at 12:00PM

Staff redundancies hit Los Angeles, Montreal and other international offices

Electronic Arts has laid off an unspecified number of staff at studios around the world.

The redundancies came at EA’s Montreal and Los Angeles offices, as well as other “smaller locations”.

EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said thousands of its staff had been retained as it transitions to next-gen consoles and other new platforms and initiatives, but it was not able to keep on all of its staff as a result.

He added that affected staff had been offered outplacement services and severance packages.

“Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives,” he said.

“But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance. This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job.”

Despite transitioning to work on new platforms, with Gibeau confirming the publisher had shown retailer GameStop footage from its upcoming shooter Battlefield 4, EA was a notable absentee from Sony’s PS4 reveal.

Despite its absence however, it should be noted that EA is a licensed developer for the PS4.