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EA wouldn't say how many were affected

Electronic Arts (EA) recently started laying off staff in its Montreal game studio, but said the studio isn't closing. 

EA laid off an unknown number of employees from the Montreal studio, and declined to share how many workers it has there total. EA also didn't say which teams within the studio were affected.

"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization," EA said in a statement.

On March 30, EA CEO John Riccitiello stepped down from his position after blaming himself for missed financial targets. EA's board of directors has appointed executive Larry Probst to fill in as executive chairman until the company finds a permanent CEO. Probst was CEO of the company from 1991-2007 when Riccitiello stepped in.

Just yesterday, EA was awarded the "Worst Company in America" award by Consumer Union's The Consumerist site. EA won the most votes by a 78 percent margin, mainly because of its problems with "SimCity" last month. Servers had crashed at international launch, and gamers grew frustrated with EA's use of DRM and servers altogether. 

Source: Reuters

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By Motoman on 4/12/2013 12:20:41 PM , Rating: 5

I posted this yesterday.

The primary group targeted by the layoff? QA. Because clearly, EA's games have enough quality already.

RE: Yup
By StevoLincolnite on 4/12/2013 12:42:11 PM , Rating: 5
They should have fired some lawyers and hired more QA.

RE: Yup
By Flunk on 4/12/2013 1:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
QA is always the first to go, then quality suffers and the company goes broke. Pretty common occurrence.

RE: Yup
By Hakuryu on 4/14/2013 2:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
I worked in QA for a number of years, and to be fair to EA (although they probably don't deserve it), laying off QA when you have nothing to be tested has zero effect on quality.

Even if that studio has a current project that needs testing, the 'main' QA at EA (not located at any development house), and all the other QA branches at other development houses are used; they just don't forego QA entirely.

The only QA you keep are managers and leads; regular QA personell are a dime a dozen, and easy to refill positions when needed. It is an entry level job with literally thousands of applicants.

I dislike EA, but acting like they are shooting themselves in the foot for laying off 100 QA out of their stable of 1,000 total QA is just silly.

RE: Yup
By Obujuwami on 4/12/13, Rating: -1
RE: Yup
By Obujuwami on 4/12/2013 1:14:37 PM , Rating: 2
And maybe come out with a FPS sequel to C&C: Commando that actually improves on the game itself and not just a rehashing of the same crap with nice graphics and a similar EA has done with all the Battlefield games.

RE: Yup
By FITCamaro on 4/12/2013 1:18:18 PM , Rating: 4

RE: Yup
By Flunk on 4/12/2013 1:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
Activision is just as bad, the only reason Blizzard still has the budgets for their games that they do is that they manage to move so many units.

Even saying that, quality is sliding. Compare the popularity of Diablo 3 to Diablo 2.

RE: Yup
By yik3000 on 4/12/2013 4:04:41 PM , Rating: 3
If this ever happen i am voting for Squre Enix. The new Tomb Raider seems to be a quality product.

RE: Yup
By anactoraaron on 4/12/2013 9:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
Are you serious? After what they have done to their main franchise (Final Fantasy)??

Yeah after they make a few more Final Fantasy 13's & an expansion or two to 14 which will all SUCK let's see what they can do to improve EA.

Now that I think about it - SE is EA - they live by the same standards and principles. Their "Madden" is "Final Fantasy". No effort by either SE or EA is put into Madden or Final Fantasy these days.

RE: Yup
By Totally on 4/14/2013 3:45:00 AM , Rating: 2
You now just took notice @XIII? The series began it's craptastic fall from grace with X, but since there was a huge following of retards, who never played I-IX, claiming that it was the best thing ever, coupled with their ego that they don't make bad games ever, Squaresoft never realized FFX and onwards were crap.

**Didn't play XI. XII wasn't that bad but at the end of the day was sub-par, mediocre at best.

RE: Yup
By Twistedbro5 on 4/15/2013 12:30:51 AM , Rating: 2
Even saying that, quality is sliding. Compare the popularity of Diablo 3 to Diablo 2.

I agree, Diablo 2 is a favorite past time of mine, and i can say Diablo 3 is not even mediocre. It was dumbed down and simplified not only to appease to casual and new players, but to run on the PS3/4. I miss the days of good old school computer gaming.

RE: Yup
By Pirks on 4/12/2013 2:50:03 PM , Rating: 3
Offtopic but fun:

See mototroll pwned by the chief Gears of War designer himself, LOL :))) Reclaimer's gonna love this hehe

RE: Yup
By inperfectdarkness on 4/12/2013 9:07:20 PM , Rating: 5
Cliffy B, you have fallen so far from the days when you did awesome things in UT2k4. I have lost all respect for you (and watering down UT so you could try and sell more Gears crap didn't help).

Activision sucks. EA sucks more. The lesson should be clear: mega-corporation game developers are the devil. Quality goes to hell in a hurry. The only exceptions to the rule seem to be companies that are developing the same brands that they started with--and didn't sell-out/buy-out anyone. Hence why Rare sucks & Nintendo still produces A+ quality games. I honestly don't know any Diablo 2 veterans who would rather play Diablo 3 over Torchlight 2. Think about that.

"Always-on" is not acceptable. I can speak for millions of DOD members who feel the same way. It must be nice to postulate random BS in your gilded tower built on the dime of people who used to support your products. Starcraft 2 should have been a BIG wake-up call for developers. Lots of people live on the road, and an absolutely required internet connection is a no-go.

If there is some good of this, however, it is likely that it will lead better game cracks. Faux internet servers designed to fool games into thinking they have an online connection--or altogether defeating the connecting algorithms. There are only 2 solutions to game developers who irk their consumers; either the games don't get purchased, or they get hacked. To put it another way:

"The more DRM you use to tighten your grasp, the more customers are going to slip through your fingers"

RE: Yup
By Pirks on 4/12/2013 9:24:24 PM , Rating: 1
Lots of people live on the road
Yeah, and they always carry their Xbox console and TV set with them on the road. Riiiight. Looks like you need your head checked. Go see a doctor please.

RE: Yup
By inperfectdarkness on 4/13/2013 8:34:55 AM , Rating: 3
Lots of people I know brought their 360's with them when deployed. Still doesn't mean their barracks has wi-fi access. Lots more bring their laptops. Same thing applies.

Game developers have decided to give a giant middle-finger to (arguably) the most revered and deserving segment of our society.

Thanks for playing...or not.

RE: Yup
By semiconshawn on 4/14/2013 2:07:39 AM , Rating: 2
What hotel doesn't have tv in the room? Generally travelers stay in hotels. Obviously you have never been in one.

RE: Yup
By Pirks on 4/15/2013 1:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
What hotel doesn't have tv in the room?
What hotel doesn't have Wi-Fi in the room?

RE: Yup
By Rukkian on 4/15/2013 11:59:25 AM , Rating: 2
While I understand that some people are mad that Diablo 3 is not just diablo 2 with better graphics, there are still many many people that were into D2 that like D3.

I am still playing almost every day to unwind after the kids go to bed. I played D2 for several years, but still prefer D3 to d2, POE and Torchlight.

While I understand that always on can be an issue for some people, it is not one of the worse cases of DRM. The isse with deployed soldiers is an issue, and one that I wish there was a fix for, but otherwise, there is no significant % of people that is truly effects. The benefits are that dupes, and hacks are nearly non-existant, and you do not need some stupid drm scheme locally that messes with installs.

Does it suck when the servers go down periodically - yes, but I just go find something else to do for awhile, it is not the end of the world.

RE: Yup
By Motoman on 4/12/2013 5:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
...and then I bumbled into this:

...and I was all ready to get even more mad at EA, but then I realized it's just Mac users, so I don't care.

RE: Yup
By Motoman on 4/15/2013 11:48:18 AM , Rating: 2
Aaaaaaannnnd the hits just keep on coming!

Man, you'd think they'd at least sit on some of these actions for a while, and hope people (at least some of them) kind of forget about the Worst-Company-In-America-2-Years-Running thing. But no...EA just keeps doing it's best to p1ss off whatever loyal fans it has left...

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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