An "Organizational Update" released by Electronics Arts today confirmed company-wide layoffs. In recent weeks the company has mentioned several organizational changes, which include the layoffs off up to 2/3 of its Montreal Studio and the closure of several social and mobile titles. This follows the news of the company failing to meet sales goals for its biggest releases in recent months, and CEO John Riccitielo's resignation shortly thereafter.
Here's the full official statement that Electronics Arts released earlier today:
"In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends.
These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us."
While all rumors remain unconfirmed, talk in the industry at the moment is saying that this round of layoffs includes up to 10% of EA's current workforce. Other rumors include the closure of the EA Partners program. Basically, nothing but bad news across the board for Electronic Arts, and all while the company is leaderless as they've yet to appoint a new CEO.
Despite many gamers' frustrations with the company, it's always difficult to see so many hard working developers who are undoubtedly passionate about making games now without jobs. Luckily, we have a very supportive industry who is used to these sorts of unfortunate occurrences. Take to Twitter and other social media and watch out for the dozens of studios looking to hire.
We at Neoseeker wish the best to all those effected by the layoffs at EA this week and hope everyone will soon be back at work on project their passionate about.
Edit: Here's an evolving jobs list to help those effected: link.