EA simply went by means of an enormous spherical of layoffs, although this time it was restricted to the writer’s Melbourne-based FireMonkeys studio. No numbers had been formally given, but it surely’s understood that someplace between 40 to 50 staffers had been let go. At the moment, no different department at EA is predicted to lose workers.
FireMonkeys is a mobile-centric studio, identified for the Actual Racing sequence and titles like The Sims FreePlay. It was shaped after the merger of IronMonkey Studios and FireMint. The studio was engaged on Actual Racer four, although that title has reportedly been canceled.
The studio was notified of the layoffs earlier within the week. Affected individuals got the information in particular person conferences, whereas the remaining realized of the layoffs in a bunch assembly. The choice got here after it was determined to reorganize workers throughout the quite a few cell titles EA has. EA has but to substantiate the cancellation of Actual Racing four, although an announcement did say FireMonkeys would start to focus “extra on our stay providers.”
FireMonkeys is seen as the most important cell recreation developer in Australia. The Australian department of Sport Staff Unite estimate that the layoffs equal 10% of the sport growth business in Australia. The layoffs had been first considered round 80 to 100 individuals, although it seems the precise quantity is far decrease.
Sadly, these are solely the newest layoffs to impact the video games business. Simply final week, Activision Blizzard introduced it was shedding round 800 staffers throughout its numerous divisions. And in direction of the tip of 2018, Telltale Video games introduced its shock closure, and the lack of jobs that resulted.