Published: Thu, March 28, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

EA Laying Off 350 Employees Due to "Changing World Around Us"

EA Laying Off 350 Employees Due to

"We have work to do with our games, our player relationships, and our business".

"We have a vision to be the World's Greatest Games Company". An email sent out to employees by Andrew Wilson, EA's CEO, outlined the publisher's goals for the company, stating that the layoffs would help streamline decision-making in the publishing and marketing departments.

Game publisher Electronic Arts has announced that it is laying off about 350 people from its global workforce of about 9,000 employees.

The company is also winding down its presence in Japan and Russian Federation, and this latest crop of layoffs follow 50 staff nixed from its Australian studio FireMonkeys and the very high-profile closure of Dead Space and Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral Games.

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In an email to employees obtained by Kotaku, EA boss Andrew Wilson said the goal would be to streamline decision-making in the marketing and publishing departments following a consolidation that began a year ago, improve customer support, and change some of its global strategies, a move that includes closing offices in Russian Federation and Japan. He added that "teams are already taking action to ensure we are creating higher-quality games and live services".

"This is a hard day", the statement continued.

The writing had been on the wall for the marketing team for several months after EA initiated a recruitment and travel freeze on the department.

According to employees within the affected branches of EA, these layoffs have been a long time coming. Severance will be paid, and they're "working with employees to try and find other roles within the company", so hopefully the final number of people lost will be less than the 350 reported. Our best goes out to those affected at EA today and we hope you land on your feet soon.

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