Rumor: EA reducing workforce by 10% reorg in process

April 25, 2013

Rumor: EA reducing workforce by 10% reorg in processWith John Riccitello no longer helming EA, Larry Probst has stepped in to steer the company during the interim until a new CEO is announced. Probst has been tasked with the difficult job of assessing EA from top to bottom, resulting in the decision to initiate a series of layoffs.

While its not clear what the actual headcount reduction looks like, according to rumors EA is looking to reduce its workforce by as much as 10 percent. EA is the largest video game publisher in the world with over 9000 employees worldwide.

In an internal letter sent out to EA employees, Probst explains the reason for some of the changes that will be coming. He writes:

As Executive Chairman, my focus is to ensure EA is delivering high quality games and services to our consumers, while helping the executive team develop a FY14 operating plan that drives growth, rationalizes headcount and controls costs.

Probst also talks about a communication that went out during the last two weeks detailing plans to reduce the workforce. He also announced organizational changes with marketing coming under Peter Moore now.

Core marketing functions have been consolidated under our COO, Peter Moore. The combined group will bring together our Label marketing teams, Global Acquisition Marketing and Marketing Analytics into one multi-talented team under Todd Sitrin’s leadership. The development and marketing teams will continue to work as cohesive units, driving clear and consistent messaging and consumer engagement for each of our franchises.

All operation around EA’s digital distribution platform Origin will now come under Frank Gibeau’s EA Labels division.

Origin will move into Frank Gibeau’s Labels organization. Andrew Wilson will take on the leadership of Origin, working with CJ Prober and the team to create more value and an enhanced entertainment experience for our consumers.

Gamasutra’s source claims that the 10 percent reduction rumor is erroneous and that the layoffs are well below 2,000 employees. EA Partner games still seem to be intact with Insomniac Game’s Fuse on track for release.

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9 Responses to “Rumor: EA reducing workforce by 10% reorg in process”

  1. Roca.:

    50% off Tomb Raider

  2. CarlB:

    “Polygon reports: “With the next Xbox, developers and publishers will be able to add more achievements to a game after launch, without the need to add DLC. This is designed specifically to allow developers to tweak player behavior, perhaps urging players to check out specific areas of a game or get past a difficult spot.”

  3. phranctoast:

    “Sources tell Polygon that the current version of the next-gen console includes a next-gen approach to video sharing, anti-piracy protection, social networking and a massive expansion of the Xbox 360′s popular achievement system.

    Like the recently announced PlayStation 4, the still-unnamed next Xbox will include the ability to capture video highlights of gameplay and then share them through networks like Facebook and Ustream.

    In February, during the official PlayStation 4 unveiling, Sony officials detailed the heightened importance of sharing game experiences. The ability to share a snapshot from a game or show off a gameplay video is so important that a “share” button is incorporated into that upcoming console’s new controller.

    Pressing the PS4′s share button allows players to begin capturing their own gameplay in real time and then broadcast it to their friends using social networks.

    Microsoft is also trying to come up with a system for video sharing though all of the details are still being locked down. According to our sources, currently the next Xbox will capture your gameplay as if it were a DVR, allowing you to go back and select highlights. That function can be turned on or off, or a player can set up the console to automatically capture a recording when certain in-game events occur, like a headshot or collecting a specific achievement. Auto capturing those “magic moments” will be a feature only available on next-gen games.

    Those videos can then be uploaded directly from the console to social sites, like YouTube, for sharing.”

    How fast did Microsoft scramble to rip off Sony?

  4. CarlB:

    Anything that existed on PC first isn’t a “rip off”, it’s just a feature that can be incorporated into consoles. Microsoft hasn’t made any official announcements so we don’t know for sure what they already had planned before Sony’s announcement, and even if they did copy the features, it’s no worse than Sony “ripping off” achievements. In fact I’d rather they incorporate good ideas that already exist than waiting years to do so as Sony did.

  5. CarlB:

  6. Barnabe Jones:

    damn, I thought that said porn :|

  7. phranctoast:

    Now it looks like it will also be a touch based controller.

    cough rip off cough.

  8. CarlB:

    Yep, looks like Sony and Microsoft both ripped off Apple.

  9. phranctoast:

    Touch pad is not a touch screen, but thanks for trying.

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