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EA Montreal hit with second round of layoffs

Electronic Arts has further culled its mobile-focused Montreal studio, according to a company statement and anonymous sources on Gamasutra. The number of employees affected was not disclosed, though these layoffs are seperate from those the studio suffered in late February.

"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile," the statement read. "In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization. These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."

A source who spoke with Gamasutra claimed that 200 to 250 employees were eliminated with more to come, but an EA rep said that number is "too high" and the studio is not closing. BioWare Montreal, lead developer of the next Mass Effect, does not appear to have been affected.

We're still not sure about Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel developer Visceral Montreal, but a Game Informer source indicates the studio was wholly laid off in February.

9 comments

  • ventanger - April 14, 2013 7 p.m.

    I've heard great things about Star Wars The Old Republic, I think I'll install it and see what it's about aaaand the launcher is broken. I didn't agree that Electronic Arts should be voted the worst company in the world... but it's starting to grow on me.
  • redwing605 - April 14, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    Though I can see how what's said on the internet can have some kind of impact on things, I however do not believe that was the case here. CEO is or has left there will be restructuring, especially with a struggling company. EA Montreal hasn't produced anything worthwhile, the Army Of Two games really aren't that great or special. So what do you expect to happen? Cut off the unneeded fat, sadly in this case it's EA Montreal.
  • GAYMER - April 11, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    If you voted EA as the worst company in America, just know that you are partially responsible for these people losing their jobs. You fanboys disgust me.
  • Lucky256 - April 11, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    No, they're not. This is just EA being EA.
  • BladedFalcon - April 11, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    Yes they it is, but this also shows that them being voted that once again changed absolutely nothing, and that whole display just made every gamer look bad.
  • Lucky256 - April 11, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    They tried something at least, unlike the people who are now chastising gamers on twitter, about a poll they wouldn't have given a shit about if EA hadn't won it. I'm pretty sure however that most people just voted for the ensuing butthurt. They've had a good show, haven't they?
  • GAYMER - April 11, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    "I'm pretty sure however that most people just voted for the ensuing butthurt" Unfortunately you're probably right about that. A lot of people don't realize that what they say on the internet, can have serious consequences out in the real world (like people getting fired). And I'm willing to bet that most the people that voted for that poll, still live with their parents and don't have to worry about supporting a family.
  • ParagonT - April 12, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    Yeah, hahaha. It miffs me how those chauvinistic people can take the time out of their day to do things like that. People look for trouble, then if they can't find any, they make trouble. If people have time to complain about the results of an online poll, then they can go out and do something productive instead of criticizing others.
  • ParagonT - April 11, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    Agreed, EA being EA. People like to believe that a poll will somehow change the world for better or worse.

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