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Plants vs Zombies creator may have been fired in PopCap layoffs

Reports are circulating today that say that Plants vs Zombies creator George Fan may have been among the 50 or so PopCap employees who were fired in yesterday's layoffs.

The rumor began with a report at Gamasutra which cited a PR representative who confirmed Fan had been let go. A later update to the story said that the representative had changed their story to say they, "cannot at this time confirm that George Fan was part of the layoffs."

At this point it is still unclear whether this particular PR person at first relayed wrong information, or if he was told to recant in the light of potential bad publicity. 

The fear of bad publicity is very real given that PopCap only announced the sequel to Plants vs Zombies two days ago. Many fans will no doubt be angry to learn that the creator will not be part of ongoing development, and that EA/PopCap didn't view him as an integral asset to the company.

PopCap has said that the restructuring is due to the company trying to reform themselves to the demands of a market focused on free-to-play and social gaming. Fan's earlier work, including PvZ was focused more on PopCap's older strategy of downloadable PC titles like Bejeweled. 

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7 comments

  • shawksta - August 22, 2012 3:36 p.m.

    Its hard when the Market changes, i really hope all goes well for them. PvZ was something that only a unique mind can think of and execute so damn well, with not only being full of content in the consoles/PC versions but to give great experiences to Handhelds and Phones alike, even if its not the same experience. PvZ deserves more credit than Angry Birds in my honest opinion but the strategy genre is something thats not easy for people to come to.
  • Andrew Groen - August 22, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    Very true, but on the other hand it's a good idea to hang on to great minds who make you hundreds of millions of dollars. Who knows what he might have been able to create in the future? I get that their focus is on social and F2P, but if I was PopCap I'd be totally OK with someone creating another Plants vs Zombies or Peggle. :-/
  • shawksta - August 22, 2012 6:49 p.m.

    I know. My only fear is EA, i REALLY dont want them to Mess Up Plants vs Zombies 2, they should just let Popcap do what they want.
  • oryanbelt - August 22, 2012 9:41 p.m.

    I really hope Fan wasn't let go, not just his sake, but for the sake of PvZ2. I literally loved the game ever since I first saw the musical trailer for the game and I earnestly wish that the mind behind this game stays behind it with its predecessor as well.
  • robby bisschop - August 23, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    Maybe he's starting a new job at Hasbro's Wizards of the Coast: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/209
  • sandplasma - August 23, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Its ridiculous that he was let go if he did. If he was let go I will pirate the game instead of buying it. Fkn EA.
  • Longnuts - August 24, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    PvZ2: 10 sunflower for a pea shooter... or pay $.99 for it now! Fuck EA

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