"We do everything we can to make sure we look after our people to help them find their next opportunity."
EA has announced that it will lay off 350 employees as it makes changes to its marketing, publishing and operations teams and prepares to reduce its presence in Japan and Russia.
Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts (EA), issued a public statement explaining these "important but very tough decisions" and that EA "is doing everything we can to make sure we look after our people, to help them find them at this time. " next opportunity. This is our top priority.
The full explanation can be read below:
As a company today, we have taken some important steps to meet our challenges and prepare for the opportunities ahead, when we look at a changing world around us It's clear that we need to change that, taking conscious steps to better fulfill our commitments, refine our organization, and meet the needs of our players, and in the process, we've changed our marketing and publishing organization and operations teams. Our current presence in Japan and Russia will be reduced as we focus on different ways to serve our players in these markets, and in addition to organizational changes, we are focusing heavily on improving the quality of our games and services of our actions, and we Think differently about how we can inspire and inspire our players.
This is a difficult day. The changes we make today will affect approximately 350 roles in our 9,000-person business. These are important but very difficult decisions, and we do not take them lightly. We are friends and colleagues at EA, we value and appreciate the contributions of everyone and we do everything we can to ensure that we look after our people to help them find their next opportunity. This is our top priority.
This day is another sad day in the games industry. This year, around 800 employees have been fired from Activision Blizzard, which accounts for approximately 8% of the workforce, and layoffs have affected studio employees behind Guild Wars, ArenaNet.
As far as EA is concerned, these 350 people accounted for almost 4% of the 9000 employed in the company responsible for titles such as Madden, FIFA, Apex Legends, Anthems, Battlefield V, Star Wars Battlefront and many more.
Kotaku reports that one person working in the department concerned claims that EA has been freezing the travel and hiring expenses for months for the marketing department, and that these layoffs were reportedly expected by some in the company. "I think some people will be relieved not to be in limbo," a source told Kotaku.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news editor of the IGN, who wishes all those affected the best of these layoffs. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.