Layoffs in the video game industry have become an all-too regular occurrence. But today’s reports of EA-owned studios closing, with monumental layoffs, are a pretty awful example of an extremely unfortunate trend.
Early today, news first broke that EA would be closing its third-party co-publishing label, EA Partners. As pointed out by a GameInformer post, Partners was responsible for publishing Rock Band, Portal 2, and Crysis, not to mention the upcoming Insomniac-developed Fuse. But as the day progressed, reports have come out that PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Games have also gotten shut down, with the result being layoffs in the hundreds, according to a Polygon post about the situation.
EA issued this statement about the reorganization:
“In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends.
These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.”
The company hasn’t released any specific numbers about how many people have lost their jobs. But hopefully this will be the last we hear of layoffs from EA—or really, anyone—for quite some time. Our sympathies go out to anyone who lost a job today.