EA announces more layoffs

As if a leadership shake-up, cancelling of game, and one round of layoffs weren't enough, it appears that things are going from bad to worse for Electronic Arts. The gaming company announced that it's going through another round of layoffs.

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"In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organisational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile," EA wrote in a blog post. "This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees — those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends."

On its website, EA wrote that as of 31 March 2012, it had 9,000 employees worldwide. It's unclear how many workers are leaving, but gaming news site Polygon is reporting that people familiar with the matter are putting the number in the "hundreds". Kotaku is reporting that its sources are saying up to 10 per cent of the workforce may be leaving.

Besides the mass layoffs, it is also rumoured that the company was shuttering its EA Partners label, according to Polygon. EA Partners is the company's publishing arm that brings in third-party games, such as Left 4 Dead, Shadows of the Damned and Rock Band.

EA has experienced a rough couple of months. The company's CEO John Riccitiello resigned from his position last month after taking responsibility for the company's financial shortcomings. Then, two weeks ago, EA confirmed that it was laying off an undisclosed number of employees to "streamline operations". A couple of days later, the company announced that it was shuttering three of its once-popular Facebook games, the Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society.

Via CNET.com



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