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EA Confirms Layoffs in “Smaller Locations”

"Transition is our friend" said EA president Frank Gibeau -- although those affected by this week's streak of layoffs would likely claim otherwise.

EA recently announced that a series of layoffs at "smaller EA locations" in both Montreal and Los Angeles had taken place, but chose not to specify the numbers of jobs terminated.

Recent news have also sufficed stating that the entire Canadian studio has been laid off. Gibeau stated that "attempts to retrain employees are possible, but when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance,” he added in one of his blog entries.

To help ease the blow, severance packages were included in the layoff to help make the transistion to a new job easier.

In the wake of Sony's announcement of the Playstation 4 hitting shelves this holiday (and with a rumoured Xbox 720 on the horizion) EA finds themselves in the midst of their own console transition.

Gibeau said EA “has established a clear leadership position on both the iOS and Android systems” with games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out and the upcoming release Real Racing 3 indicating this. 

We wish all of those affected by the layoffs the best of luck in all of their future endeavours.


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