Electronic Arts (EA) is expected to layoff between 500 to 1,000 employees this week, reports Silicon Valley blog Startup Grind.
That represents up to 11 per cent of the company’s total staff, according to numbers released in EA’s latest financial statement on March 31. The video game publisher has four Canadian offices including Montreal, Edmonton’s BioWare, and Burnaby, B.C.’s development studio. The Burnaby location is EA’s largest development studio. In all, there are more than 2,000 EA employees in Canada.
But EA is responding to the news by saying that any layoffs this week are about reorganizing, not downsizing.
Electronic Arts Denies Reports of Massive Layoffs | Game Rant
Despite the financial predicament, however, EA is refuting claims of an impending large-scale layoff. They’ve outright denied any cutbacks to MCV, attributing the speculation to an abundance of new digital development projects.
“There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing. At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services.”
But the “growing and morphing” process isn’t completely free of casualties according to Industry Gamers. The website received a statement from an EA spokesperson saying that its Vancouver Studio, home to EA Canada (NHL, FIFA, The Sims) and EA Black Box (Need for Speed), would unfortunately be slashing an unspecified number of employees…