Quick Note: EA Lays Off Staff in Montreal Game Studio
April 12, 2013 12:03 PM
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EA wouldn't say how many were affected
(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
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.
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EA online ability is the main issue
5/1/2013 11:57:47 AM
The main problem with EA is not just a buggy game or so, everyone knows software has bugs, and such. Its the system the ride the games on top of in today's current market.
EA needs to do 1 of 2 things to get off the worst list.
(something like - steam, game-spy, battle.net, origin etc etc etc)
1. Vendor off their service game systems to a solid 3rd party to handle it.
2. Build their own service for all their games to work on.
Once they do that, then they need to invest in some software upgrades re-working for all their past games to use the new system. Then patch fix all games and rid the DRM to make it work with the new online system. Similar to some of the systems used above.
Once they do that, they can jump to the quality rankings again.
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