The video game industry is a volatile place, and job security isn't guaranteed. A few weeks ago, we reported that Activision-Blizzard was laying off roughly a thousand employees due to missed sales targets. Now, it looks like its rival EA is also doing the same. According to a report by Kotaku, EA is letting go of 350 people across marketing, publishing, and other divisions.
Kotaku said that EA head Andrew Wilson characterized the decision as a way to streamline marketing and publishing. You can read part of his email to employees below.
While this seems like somewhat of a vague statement, Kotaku managed to get a clearer statement from EA this morning. The company said the following.
Apparently EA is working with the laid-off employees to see if they can fill other positions inside the company. However, it doesn't seem like a lot of positions are open in marketing and publishing based on EA's careers page.
Hopefully those affected will be able to find jobs soon. This is just another example of how cutthroat the video game industry is, and how there needs to be better protection for employees.
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