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EA Montreal faces more layoffs, rumored studio closure

Apr 11 // Allistair Pinsof    @DtoidAllistair

EA Montreal is to be shutdown, says source

EA Mobile in Montreal faces 200 - 250 employee layoffs with more to come, a source with connections to EA Mobile told Gamasutra, and the studio will gradually become completely shutdown. EA confirmed layoffs but said that the suggested number is too high and there are no plans to close EA Montreal.

Last month, after a different event of EA Montreal and Visceral Montreal layoffs, EA told Gamasutra: "EA Montreal is a key development studio where our long-term plan is to sharpen our teams' focus on console and mobile games."

So, long-term plan equals 30 days?

"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization," EA told Joystiq. "These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."

Destructoid has reached out to EA for comment and will update this post as the story develops.

New, significant layoffs hit Electronic Arts [Gamasutra, Joystiq]


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