Electronic Arts Shuts Down Phenomic Studio
Electronic Arts is the next studio plagued by lay-offs, fresh off the heels from Capcom. Earlier, EA Phenomic, the studio responsible for Spellforce and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, was reported as closing by GamesIndustry International.
The closing of EA Phenomic affects 60 employees. EA has not been available for comment, however, but did release this general statement:
“As part of EA’s realignment in recent weeks, we have announced internally a small adjustment to some development staff to better focus our teams against priority growth areas. The decision to let people go is not something we take lightly and we are working to ensure that impacted employees are treated fairly and with respect for their contributions to EA, and with assistance to find other job opportunities. These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.”
EA Phenomic was originally founded in 1997 as Phenomic Game Development and was acquired by EA in 2006. Since EA acquired the studio its focus has been on free-to-play real-time strategy games.
EA Phenomic is not the first studio affected by layoffs at Electronic Arts. Other EA divisions affected by layoffs this year include EA Partners, EA Montreal, EA Playfish and EA Hyderabad.