EA Labels President Frank Gibeau has just released a statement regarding yesterday’s PS4 announcement, and what it means for EA.
Besides the typical assessment of using new technology and bringing in new creativity, Gibeau also commented on layoffs that were made at their Los Angeles, Montreal, and other undisclosed “smaller” locations, stating that these were teams that were “not possible to redeploy” as they restructed and retrained their employees for the new platforms that will be coming out way.
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.
As always, for what it’s worth, DualShockers extends our thoughts and prayers to those individuals who have been laid off, and hope that their own transitions will be easy and pleasant and lead to fruitful endeavors.
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