EA Partners As Well As Other Divisions Possible Closure
Electronic Arts has been severing studios left and right as of recent. If you remember Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel developer Visceral Montreal had it’s doors shut before the game hit store shelves. EA is also minus one CEO, John Riccitiello, and layoffs have hit the mobile and social divisions as well.
It’s now been reported that EA Partners will be taking considerable hits as well. The partners program was EA’s arm that helped independent developers have access to the resources of EA’s marketing and publishing departments. Studios like Crytek (Crysis Series), Double Fine, Epic Games, etc. have all taken advantage of EA Partners in the past.
Here’s the official statement from EA:
“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.”
This statement was given to Game Informer when they reached out to EA after being referred to their corporate communications by PopCap Games. We’ll continue to follow the doom and despair that is the current state of the gaming industry as more details become available.
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