EA to fire personal

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EA has announced a still unknown number of layoffs in Los Angeles, Montreal and “smaller locations” in an update from EA Labels president Frank Gibeau.

“Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives. But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance,” Gibeau said. “This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job.”

Which EA developers will be fired, and to what extent, is currently not known.

Perhaps this is a sign the gaming market has been hit hard by the financial crisis and other factors, and things aren’t going as well as before. It hits me by surprise the largest game publisher in the world will fire employees in multiple locations.

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