News broke yesterday that Electronics Arts was going forward with its "restructuring" process and had laid off as many as 170 employees. Many of these employees were said to be contractees brought on to work quality assurance -- testing games. However, today news broke that many of the layoffs occurred at Electronic Arts' Montreal office. Teams effected include the remaining Army of Two: Devil's Cartel developers and the company's mobile division.
Electronic Arts released the following statement:
"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."
The layoffs follow Electronic Arts' award for "Worst Company in America" for the second year in a row, an award given based on a series of online polls. It appears Peter Moore's response of, "We can do better," was perhaps a bit preemptive considering the next action of his company was to lay off 170 people.
We here at Neoseeker wish the best to all former Electronic Arts employees. Hopefully you'll be back making games you care about in no time at all, this time with a studio as loyal to you as you are to it.