Electronic Arts is laying off 350 employees in marketing, publishing, and other areas. The company has stated that they are doing this in an attempt to increase the quality of their games and services.
EA boss Andrew Wilson said in an e-mail to employees that the idea is to streamline decision-making in the marketing and publishing departments, change some of its international strategies, and improve customer support. The move requires the closing of offices in Japan and Russia. In the e-mail Wilson wrote:
“We have a vision to be the World’s Greatest Games Company. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re not there right now. We have work to do with our games, our player relationships, and our business.”
“Across the company, teams are already taking action to ensure we are creating higher-quality games and live services, reaching more platforms with our content and subscriptions, improving our Frostbite tools, focusing our network and cloud gaming priorities, and closing the gap between us and our player communities,” Wilson added.
Kotaku reached out to EA regarding the situation and received back the following statement:
“Today we took some important steps as a company to address our challenges and prepare for the opportunities ahead. As we look across a changing world around us, it’s clear that we must change with it. We’re making deliberate moves to better deliver on our commitments, refine our organization and meet the needs of our players. As part of this, we have made changes to our marketing and publishing organization, our operations teams, and we are ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia as we focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets. In addition to organizational changes, we are deeply focused on increasing quality in our games and services. Great games will continue to be at the core of everything we do, and we are thinking differently about how to amaze and inspire our players."
“This is a difficult day. 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," the company added.
Later, an EA representative added that they will be providing severance to laid-off employees. The spokesperson stated the following:
“Yes, we are working with employees to try and find other roles inside the company. For those that are leaving the company, we will also be providing severance and other resources. I’m not able to provide the details on the severance, but we work hard to be as helpful as we possibly can.”