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EA Layoffs

A post to the EA website by Frank Gibeau has word from the president of EA Labels that Electronic Arts has cut jobs in Los Angeles and Montreal, "as well as in some smaller locations" (thanks Polygon). The post, titled "Transition is Our Friend," takes a generally optimistic tone in looking forward to things like the PlayStation 4 and Battlefield 4 and speaks of the strides EA has made in mobile and free-to-play gaming. This probably doesn't sit perfectly with someone who was just fired, but he offers this outlook:

EA’s leadership on these high-growth platforms allows us to retain and attract the industry’s best talent. Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives. But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance. This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job.

Console transitions are a complex and challenging experience. I’ve helped navigate several and agree with an old saying we have at EA: Transition is our friend. All the trend lines are converging to reward the creative and financial investments we have made in mobile and console technology. We have never been more ready or more excited about what comes next.

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