American video game publisher Electronic Arts is laying off 350 people, the company announced today. As part of a move that aims to “refine” the organization, numerous employees from marketing, publishing, and operations departments are being laid off.
Andrew Wilson CEO at Electronic Arts published a message today announcing the move.
“This is a difficult day,” writes Wilson. “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.”
While the news is quite saddening, it’s good to know that the sacked employees will be compensated. Speaking with Kotaku, an EA spokesperson stated that they are “working with employees to try and find other roles inside the company”. Furthermore, those leaving the organization will be provided “severance and other resources.” Although they didn’t go into detail, the spokesperson claims that they are trying to be “as helpful as we possibly can.”
As it turns out, EA employees weren’t caught off-guard by the layoffs. One of the employees claims that a restructure of the marketing and publishing division was expected since at least October. The employee also claims that some people “will be relieved to not be in limbo anymore.”
“We are ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia as we focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets,” Wilson continues.
Over the past few months, major game companies such as Activision Blizzard and ArenaNet have laid off hundreds of employees.
The layoffs are taking place despite the booming success of Apex Legends, which raked in $92 million in February alone. This is similar to Activision Blizzard’s case, in which almost 800 employees were laid off despite a record-breaking year.
Less than four months into the year and the unfortunate events continue to pile up. Needless to say, 2019 is shaping up to be a very rough year for the gaming industry.