Kotaku is getting word that to save the good ship Electronic Arts, the company is laying off as much as 10% of its work force. It sounds absolutely terrible, but it may also be what EA needs to get back on track.
It seems odd that as Activision has assumed Electronic Arts’ role as the big, evil giant of the gaming industry, but EA gets all the blasting. 2013 has been an awful year for the company. SimCity, Riccitello, the closure of Playfish, the bombs just don’t stop dropping. It seems that everything that comes from EA’s mouth has been bad news, which doesn’t help when that’s all we can think about at the end of the day and scribe out for people to read.
EA wouldn’t say who was getting cut, but 10% of a 9,000-strong workforce is a lot of displaced people that I don’t know if the gaming industry can catch. If we get some deets, I’ll be sure to follow up.
UPDATE: Polygon confirms that PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Studios are out. The latter is responsible for Need for Speed: World, a game I had completely forgotten existed.