Neoseeker : News : Electronic Arts hit with substantial layoffs including a reported 2/3 of its Montreal Office
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Duncan Idaho Apr 12, 13
it was expected, i am just waiting for EA to sink
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BJ McDonald 19 Apr 12, 13
This sucks, big fan of the Army of TWO series, picked up the latest game today. Will be playing it with a buddy tomorrow. I hope this doesn't mean this will be the last in the series. ):
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Blue Neon Apr 12, 13
quote BJ McDonald 19
This sucks, big fan of the Army of TWO series, picked up the latest game today. Will be playing it with a buddy tomorrow. I hope this doesn't mean this will be the last in the series. ):
EA is just the publisher dude, chances are that another publisher will pick it up if it seems good enough
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bluexy Apr 12, 13
Blue Neon BJ McDonald 19 Unfortunately Army of TWO is developed by EA's first-party studios, most of which have been laid off in last year's layoffs and this current round.

If Army of Two will be coming back, it'll be some time.
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Wakaman Apr 12, 13
So their plan is to get rid of the decent devs that made games worth playing and leave the ones we know are just making games for a quick buck.

We can do better my ass. Even though I despise EA I sincerely hope these guys find jobs where their creations are actually valued.
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harbin Apr 12, 13
170 people are now free from the evil EA.

Don't most employees in this situation pool together and turn into an indie studio?
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DragonSlayer45 Apr 12, 13
"I am damn proud of this company." and then subsequently lays off over 100 employees.

Jeez, how many companies does this make now that have laid off employees or at the very worst, shut down completely?
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Ranger 1 Apr 12, 13
Well, now we just need the people making any decisions whatsoever at the company gone.
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samwise995 Apr 12, 13
Hopefully those 170 people can find jobs elsewhere, or perhaps form their own studio.
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Thrawn Apr 13, 13
I really feel terrible for those employees who are now out of jobs thanks to EA.
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Dreadlock Holiday Apr 13, 13
It's crap how big companies lay off people en masse. Hopefully the people who lost their jobs manage to pick something up, which I'm sure they would. F**k EA.
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Polarity Apr 13, 13
quote harbin
Don't most employees in this situation pool together and turn into an indie studio?
It'd certainly be the most logical move if they want to stay in this industry. But it kinda happens and it doesn't happen. Some form under our noses while some form with everyone knowing about it, and some never surface in the first place.
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lKasHl Apr 13, 13
quote DragonSlayer45
"I am damn proud of this company." and then subsequently lays off over 100 employees.

Jeez, how many companies does this make now that have laid off employees or at the very worst, shut down completely?
Developing games is like art therefore there will always be high capital investments, high risk and no guarantee of success, which is a recipe for either massive success or repeated failure. The high turnover is expected in any industry with these characteristics. Fortunately though, for every collapse theres a startup with ambitious ideas.

Hopefully the employees get into something better that fosters their creativity and pays them well.
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TurMoiL911 Apr 14, 13
Not a good time for video game developers lately.
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