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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 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.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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