Electronic Arts (EA) has now announced that they are laying off 350 Employees across its marketing, publishing and operations divisions including those in Japan and Russia. This grim news was delivered on the company’s official site by EA CEO Andrew Wilson.
Andrew Wilson announced this in a blog post by saying “as we look across a changing world around us, it’s clear that we must change with it.” The company had “a vision to be the world’s greatest games company” and to achieve that, they are “ramping down” their current presence in countries like Japan and Russia and also finding different new ways to serve gamers in those markets.
The team promised that they are still focused on delivering high-quality games and assured the affected staff that they will help them to find other positions in the company.
You can read the full statement below.
We’re making deliberate moves to better deliver on our commitments, refine our organization and meet the needs of our players. As part of this, we have made changes to our marketing and publishing organization, our operations teams, and we are ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia as we focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets. In addition to organizational changes, we are deeply focused on increasing quality in our games and services. Great games will continue to be at the core of everything we do, and we are thinking differently about how to amaze and inspire our players.
This is a difficult day. The changes we’re making today will impact about 350 roles in our 9,000-person company. These are important but very hard decisions, and we do not take them lightly. We are friends and colleagues at EA, we appreciate and value everyone’s contributions, and we are doing everything we can to ensure we are looking after our people to help them through this period to find their next opportunity. This is our top priority.
Another EA representative later confirmed that the company will be offering severance and other resources to those who are leaving. There are no details about it yet but the company will do its best to help everyone.
One of the affected employees told Kotaku that this layoff and reorganization within the marketing and publishing sector was expected since last October.
This news comes after a year full of layoffs in the gaming industry from numerous companies including Activision Blizzard and ArenaNet. Previously, the publisher of FIFA reported missing its revenue projection in its third-quarter earnings though it all seems to get better now with the recent successful release of Apex.