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Report – EA makes staff cuts in some studios

Monday, 9th November 2009 21:07 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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According to a report by Kotaku, EA has cut loose a fair bit of it’s staff today from some of it’s studios.

It comes as the publisher today bought social games firm Playfish for $300 million.

The studios affected include Tiburon and BlackBox, as well as Mythic and EA’s Redwood studio from their QA department.

We’ll leave EA an email, and see what they say.

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  1. Cort

    My experience of recent EA games suggests that their QA department could do with MORE staff, not less…..

    #1 5 years ago
  2. slayernl

    Jonathan could you also link to http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=26001

    Gamasutra has a great article about it :)

    anyway its always sad to see people go :(

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    You want him to link someone elses spin on the same news? Why?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. slayernl

    Because it explains the situation better than on the kotaku story.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Thats because he’s linked the rumour article. The full one is just as complete:

    http://kotaku.com/5400728/ea-cutting-1500-jobs-to-reduce-costs

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Grimrita

    i really dont understand EA. they havent made a profit in years now but yet still run around buying up tom dick and harry.

    During my time there, it was awful. trying to manage ‘be the one’ at the London games festival a couple of years ago and then being told that 30 odd people were being laid off.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    Says at the link, those apparently affected (and most famous for) are…

    EA Redwood Shores (Dead Space, Dante’s Inferno)
    EA Tiburon (Madden, Tiger Woods)
    EA Mythic (Warhammer Online)
    EA Black Box (NFS, Skate)

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Hunam

    Cutting folks from QA? As if they’re games just weren’t buggy enough as it is.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Ashwin

    Hey Johnny, love your articles and humor but sometimes your grammar baffles me!

    It’s “its” (twice in the first sentence!)

    Back on point: QA is always the first area to get hit. As someone who has worked extensively with QA Managers and various testing models, I know for a fact that the powers that be always view testing as something of a “nice to have” rather than a crucial element in any product.

    After all, these days you can just patch until the cows come home.

    Ash.

    #9 5 years ago