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PopCap Dublin Lays Off 96 Employees

There’s some sad news today in the world of gaming industry layoffs.  Although, isn’t all that news sad?  It appears PopCap Dublin will be cutting 96 jobs.

Garth Chouteau, PopCap senior director of worldwide PR, attributed the decision to the “PopCap leadership team”, not to EA, which bought PopCap for a lot of millions of dollars last year.

Chouteau said “outplacement support” was provided for affected staff. “Many employees have offers in other parts of PopCap, at EA or new opportunities with technology partners in Ireland,” he wrote in a statement.

Europe remains “a critical market” for PopCap and worldwide the company is still growing, apparently. “We will continue to invest in new games, platforms and markets while we expand the reach of hit franchises like Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies,” Chouteau wrote.

PopCap co-founder John Vechey explained last month that things were going to change at PopCap. They had to, because of the way people pay and experience games now. Things changed quickly, so PopCap needs to as well.

That sounds harsh, Vechey wrote, “but if we don’t stay in business, no more plants, zombies, jewels, frogs or worms.

Vechey again stressed at the time that this decision had nothing to do with new owner EA. “The decision to reorganise was 100 per cent made by us, with no pressure from EA,” he declared. He said if EA weren’t behind PopCap “the cuts would have been worse”.

PopCap Dublin localised games, handled mobile development, sales and marketing. It’s always sad to see anyone lose their job, we wish the newly unemployed luck.