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PopCap Dublin closed by EA, studio issues statement

Monday, 24th September 2012 12:00 GMT By Dave Cook

PopCap Dublin has been shuttered by EA. The news broke after studio employees confirmed the closure on Twitter.

MCV reports that EA has closed PopCap’s Dublin arm. The publisher acquired PopCap in 2011 for $650 million with an additional $100 million stock option.

Associate producer John Vaughan tweeted, “And it’s official, Popcap Dublin is now closed :(.”

The closure follows statements made by EA’s Frank Gibeau suggested that lay-offs at PopCap’s Seattle and Dublin studios were the result of ‘duplicative’ roles and a shift in focus to the mobile market.

“Typically at EA what we do when we acquire a company is we make sure that we go slow initially and really understand the culture of the company, and then we look for whether there’s opportunities to integrate the companies – and then we accelerate.”

“So with PopCap,” he added, “what we found is that there are some areas inside PopCap that were duplicative what EA was doing; a lot of central resources, legal, business affairs those types of things so we accelerated the integration there.”

UPDATE: MCV has just published an official PopCap statement:

  • The consultation period in Ireland has been completed, and after having consulted fully with the employee representatives the PopCap leadership team has decided to close our Dublin office.
  • 96 people have been affected by the decision. PopCap has provided outplacement support and many employees have offers in other parts of PopCap, at EA or new opportunities with technology partners in Ireland.
  • Europe remains a critical market for PopCap and we will continue to grow our presence through centralized services operated from our North American offices and through the extensive European EA network.
  • In Ireland, EA announced last week the addition of 300 jobs for its European Customer Experience Center in Galway, almost doubling the number of staff. The Galway facility currently employs close to 400 people.

We’ve asked EA for a statement. More as we get it.

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  1. Yoshi

    I bet they’re really regretting taking that deal with EA now… makes me sad seeing all this :/

    #1 2 years ago
  2. bpcgos

    As usual, EA..! No surprise I guess!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Fin

    sad face

    @1 @2

    Oh, this was directly related to the EA buyout? I wasn’t aware. I forgot that if a company stays independant, everything is shiny and happy with rainbows, nobody ever gets laid off.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    @3, it almost certainly is. EA bought Popcap for certain IP’s and projects that it wants, everything that doesn’t fit in their vision of the games industry gets the boot. Ultimately Popcap will probably cease to exist and whoever EA wants to keep will be integrated into EA’s existing framework.

    Selling your business to a company like EA is a big “fuck you” to your employees.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    Oh boy iam starting to be really concern regarding plants vs zombie 2, and pop cap too, i dont want them to become the next developer in EA lists that is close.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Yoshi

    @3 Be smart. They’ve made, not one but several successful games. If they stayed independent they would be working off their own profits to develop more games to gain more profits and round the circle goes. Soon as they’re bought out by EA, profits go directly to EA and a little is paid of salaries that EA believe are worthwhile. If EA thinks it’s not worthwhile bang fired and/or bang studio is closed.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. GrimRita

    The closure follows statements made by EA’s Frank Gibeau suggested that lay-offs at PopCap’s Seattle and Dublin studios were the result of ‘duplicative’ roles and a shift in focus to the mobile market.

    “Typically at EA what we do when we acquire a company is we make sure that we go slow initially and really understand the culture of the company, and then we look for whether there’s opportunities to integrate the companies – and then we accelerate.”

    Let me correct that statement for you Frank -
    “The Borg take other species by force into the collective and connect them to “the hive mind”; the act is called assimilation. Resistance is futile, but for those who do, are disassembled”.

    Maybe VG247 could take a look back at the history of EA buyouts and see if any studios have remained in tact and do a ‘where are they now’ feature?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @7: “Maybe VG247 could take a look back at the history of EA buyouts and see if any studios have remained in tact and do a ‘where are they now’ feature?”

    I’d love to see that.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DSB

    @5 They already fired George Fan, the creator of Plants vs Zombies.

    @7 I’m sure that would be great for the ad revenue and accreditations :P

    Critical games journalism makes for hungry games journalists.

    #9 2 years ago