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EA says $16 million in operating expenses are due to restructuring costs

Things haven't been going all that well over at Electronic Arts. Despite being one of the biggest companies in the gaming industry, EA has been struggling with profitability. The profitability struggles led the company to shed employees over the last several months.

During its investor call this week, EA confirmed that it let about 900 workers go during its organizational restructuring process. EA also confirmed that the layoffs cost company about $16 million in the short term.
EA's Blake Jorgensen noted during the call that EA had $540 million in operating expenses for the current fiscal quarter. That figure is $15 million higher than the company had expected due to those costs associated with operational expense reducing actions, including layoffs. Some of the extra expense also came from the resignation of EA's CEO John Riccitiello back in March.

Jorgensen also noted that EA's plan for cost reductions would "reduce our overall headcount by approximately 10%." EA previously laid off the entire staff in its Montréal game studio.
EA was also gifted with the worst company award for the second year in a row last month. That award was bestowed on EA from The Consumerist.

Much of the blame for EA winning the dubious distinction of the worst company for the second year in a row was blamed on the online server disaster that happened with the company's popular game SimCity. Gaming servers that were overloaded prevented many people who purchase that game from being able to play, sometimes for days.

Source: Polygon

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RE: Hopefully...
By inperfectdarkness on 5/9/2013 10:28:51 AM , Rating: 5
EA can't die soon enough.

RE: Hopefully...
By techxx on 5/9/2013 10:37:13 AM , Rating: 4
Since EA probably won't be leaving anytime soon, how about just wiping out the current executive board and replacing it with talented people who have brains?

RE: Hopefully...
By GulWestfale on 5/9/2013 11:12:48 AM , Rating: 3
or maybe just replace them with people who care about video games? and about their customers?

RE: Hopefully...
By FITCamaro on 5/9/2013 11:31:37 AM , Rating: 2
I'll work for probably 25% of some of those guys.

RE: Hopefully...
By Skywalker123 on 5/11/2013 5:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
that'd be a big raise from your minimum wage job

RE: Hopefully...
By One43637 on 5/9/2013 12:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
For me it was hard to imagine that in large gaming companies, there are very little gamers in a position to influence/direct/guide how they operate and create games.

Yet, this is exactly what it's like at a friend's office. No gamers to fight and make decisions for gamers.

RE: Hopefully...
By someguy123 on 5/9/2013 5:07:56 PM , Rating: 2
You could replace them with talentless hacks as long as they're docile and complacent and come out with a better run company. EA execs are insanely anticonsumer and egotistical. It's like they exist to make sure none of their games are successful.

Many continue to claim the Always-On function in SimCity is a DRM scheme. It’s not. People still want to argue about it. We can’t be any clearer – it’s not. Period.

In the past year, we have received thousands of emails and postcards protesting against EA for allowing players to create LGBT characters in our games. This week, we’re seeing posts on conservative web sites urging people to protest our LGBT policy by voting EA the Worst Company in America.

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