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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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RE: Yup
By Obujuwami on 4/12/2013 1:12:25 PM , Rating: -1
Blactivazzard (Blizzard/Activision) needs to buy EA out and maybe...just maybe, they will make some quality games that are worth $60 to play. Hell, I would love to see Blizz's take on C&C and make it NOT like warcraft/starcraft. Better yet, revive Dune and not make it suck (eg. Dune 2000).

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.

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