Digital Arts has simply introduced that it will likely be shedding 350 staff in an effort to consolidate its operations. Affected staff come from departments like advertising, publishing, and analytics. Because of these efforts, EA workplaces in Japan and Russia might be closing, as effectively. That is solely the most recent in an rising variety of mass layoffs to have an effect on the online game trade.
In an announcement offered by Andrew Wilson, the EA CEO known as the choice “necessary however very laborious.” You possibly can learn a part of the assertion right here:
As a part of this, we’ve made adjustments to our advertising and publishing group, our operations groups, and we’re ramping down our present presence in Japan and Russia as we give attention to alternative ways to serve our gamers in these markets. Along with organizational adjustments, we’re deeply targeted on rising high quality in our video games and companies.
The transfer is strikingly just like the layoffs seen at Activision Blizzard earlier within the yr. Whereas Activision’s variety of layoffs have been near 800, departments like advertising and publishing have been additionally impacted there. It was later revealed that over 1 / 4 of these laid off got here from Blizzard Leisure alone.
Regardless of the massive variety of layoffs, EA has dedicated to providing help to these affected in any method doable. The corporate is attempting to “discover different roles inside the corporate,” nevertheless these leaving will nonetheless be supplied severance packages. The small print of what these packages embrace weren’t given. EA just lately laid off numerous staffers on the Australia-based Firemonkeys studio, as effectively.
EA has definitely been having a difficult few months to date. The writer had a disappointing third quarter after headlining titles like Battlefield V failed to satisfy expectations, leading to lowered inventory costs. It additionally confirmed that it could not be holding a press convention at E3 2019, additional severing its ties with the long-running commerce present.