EA has laid off an undisclosed number of employees at their Montreal-based mobile gaming department, a move which they describe will aid in “streamlining their operations.”
“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. 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.”
The news comes at a time of massive layoffs and studio closures around the industry, as well as the resigning of former EA CEO John Riccitielo.
EA Mobile Montreal was handling development of casual games such as Tetris and Scrabble, and had about 300 employees working for them. No number has been stated as to how many have lost their jobs, but Gamasutra‘s sources put the estimates between 200-250. EA replied saying the number was “too high” and emphasized that the studio was not closing.