Studio management axe in EA Sports overhaul

Studio management axe in EA Sports overhaul

By Rob Crossley

November 10th 2010 at 9:57AM

All sports content to be made through a single studio in efficiency savings

Electronic Arts’ loss-making business has made sweeping structural changes across its Sports game studios, with management positions in the firing line.

The publisher will now send all EA Sports projects through a new central team which will “oversee asset creation and sharing” to the firm’s Sports studios, according to sources speaking to news site 1Up.

EA recently denied it had made over 100 redundancies after the firm registered another three-month loss of $201 million, along with a 23 per cent sales decline.

The purported changes at EA Sports would suggest the publisher sees opportunity to make big efficiency savings across its several Sports studios.

As part of this change, general management positions at the company's Tiburon and Canada outfits have been eliminated.

“We're making organizational changes to our development team at EA Sports that will be better for the franchises and better for our people,” a spokesperson told 1Up.

“As part of this transition, we have eliminated the site-based GM roles at [the studios] EA Canada and EA Tiburon”.

Moira Dang, the General Manager of EA Canada, has left the firm.

Philip Holt, formerly the boss at EA Tiburon, is still with EA and "considering other options within the company.”

Sources at 1Up have said that, hereon, each sports franchise, as opposed to studio, will have an assigned general manager.

The new managers will report directly to Andrew Wilson, Senior Vice-President of EA Sports.

Peter Moore remains president of the EA Sports label.