Significant layoffs have hit EA, specifically affecting hundreds of employees at EA Mobile Montreal.
Gamasutra first reported the redundancies, with a Montreal-based source telling the site that around 200 to 250 jobs were lost. EA has since swooped in to refute that claim, stating that the number is too high – though it wasn't made clear by how much. The publisher also denied rumours that the studio will close.
EA has released a statement explaining the layoffs are part of a streamlining effort, as the company looks to 'sharpen' its focus on providing games for mobile and other new platforms.
"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organisation. These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles.”
"Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."