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PopCap – redundencies hit Seattle and Dublin studios

Tuesday, 21st August 2012 20:37 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

PopCap has laid off over 50 employees at its Seattle headquarters and its studio in Dublin has also seen redundancies, according to the firm’s co-founder John Vechey.

According to a blog post written by Vechey, the cuts were made as part of an reorganization effort “due to the fast-moving changes in the mobile games market,” while maintaining a profit.

Vechey said PopCap will also be evaluating “the future of [the] PopCap office in Dublin, Ireland” as it assesses whether a path to improve “profitability in Europe without having to close the operation,” can be found.

“In the past year, we’ve seen a dramatic change in the way people play and pay for games,” Vachey said on the official PopCap blog. “Free-to-play, social and mobile games have exploded in popularity. That happened fast. Surprisingly so. The change in consumer tastes requires us to reorganise our business and invest in new types of games on new platforms. It’s a completely different world from when we started,” he said.

“There’s also an economic component to the reorganisation. To stay in business, we need to manage costs, improve efficiency and maintain a profit.”

Rumors of impending lay-offs first surfaced yesterday, and earlier today, VG247 was told the developer had been quietly making staff cuts for months.

PopCap expects to hire more staff by the end of the year after the reorganization, and Vechey said some of the employees let go could find a new position somewhere within EA.

Earlier, it was reported the studios in Ireland and Shanghai had been shuttered, but Vechey’s blog post makes no mention of the sort.

The news of lay-offs occurred not long before the announcement of the firm’s Plants vs Zombies 2, which is slated for a northern spring 2013 release.

Thanks, CVG.

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  1. Fin

    Where does he say Dublin & Shanghai are closed?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    We are the borg. You will be assimilated. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own.

    Resistance is futile.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    I hope this doesnt mean trouble for this developer, i want plant vs zombie 2, such a great tower defense game.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. GrimRita

    @4 Popcap arent in trouble, its just EA yet again thinking that they know better by sacking all the people that made Popcap what they are. History of course shows that EA yet again will fail

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    CVG says the number is around 50 – post has been updated.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    50? wow, very sad.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Grim +1

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    @4 EA has been in trouble though. They’ve managed to balance things out a bit by making SWTOR F2P, but they’ve lost a lot of value, I think it’s obvious that a lot of people don’t like the Popcap buy, and Popcaps latest games have been commercially crap, which just make it all worse.

    So that’s probably the corporate logic behind it.

    Sadly, I’m pretty sure everybody saw this coming when Popcap signed the deal. Scorpion and the frog. It’s just their nature.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. GrimRita

    EA have been struggling for years. I dont think they have actually made a full years profit in ages and reported many years of losses. But as I said in an earlier news post on this – ‘Sell your soul to the devil, you pay the price’.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. KrazyKraut

    The PopCap-EA stuff is like the infiltration of the sith in SW:EP 2 + 3.
    At first they gain the trust and then they kill the little (PopCap)-Jedi children.

    #10 2 years ago