EA Montreal Lays Off Around 170 Employees
Written Friday, April 12, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
EA has laid off nearly two thirds of the staff at its Montreal studio, following the release of Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel. Around 170 employees are thought to have lost their jobs.
The move comes shortly after ex-CEO John Riccitiello’s resignation due to the company’s financial struggles and EA’s nod as the worst employer in the United States for the second year running.
“These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world,” said the publisher.
EA Montreal has received substantial investment from the Canadian government over the years, but the lackluster performance of games like its Army of Two series effectively ended the studio.
However, according to reports, a chunk of the lay-offs came in EA Montreal’s mobile division, a revelation that has come as a shock to many as the mobile games industry is currently flourishing.
"If you walk through the office all you see is a bunch of already cleared out desks, and people cleaning out their desks," a source told Joystiq.
Best of luck to all those affected.