It has to be tough to be an employee at gaming giant Electronic Arts right now, as things are definitely in a state of flux right now for them. The recent departure of their CEO, who in his resignation letter described not living up to financial goals and guidance as well as some of the recent hardships they’ve encountered with specific games (think SimCity). Then, of course, this week Electronic Arts was once again named the Worst Company in America by a Consumerist poll, seen as the revenge of the internet against EA’s poor choices in business practices. So it should come as no surprise when things get real this week and it is announced that EA has been hit with a round of layoffs.
The gaming industry has been a bit unsteady of late, to say the least. It really seems almost like feast or famine at times, with game studios either being a hot commodity after a big release or not while working on an upcoming title or recently launching lesser titles. There has been a wave of layoffs within Electronic Arts, with EA not giving out information as to who or what teams were affected by this decision yet. What we do know is that EA Mobile Montreal was closed down. This means around 70 people were let go, as well as another 100 or so who were under contract.