EA lays off 350 employees across marketing, publishing, and more

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.

We have a vision to be the world's greatest games company. If we're honest with ourselves, we're not there right now. We have work to do with our games, our player relationships, and our business. Across the company, teams are already taking action to ensure we are creating higher-quality games and live services, reaching more platforms with our content and subscriptions, improving our Frostbite tools, focusing our network and cloud gaming priorities, and closing the gap between us and our player communities.

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.

Today we took some important steps as a company to address our challenges and prepare for the opportunities ahead. As we look across a changing world around us, it's clear that we must change with it. We're making deliberate moves to better deliver on our commitments, refine our organization, and meet the needs of our players. As part of this, we have made changes to our marketing and publishing organization, our operations teams, and we are ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia as we focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets. In addition to organizational changes, we are deeply focused on increasing quality in our games and services.

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.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • Better protection for employees... how specifically? Unionize?? Even a union can't stop a company from shrinking its workforce.
  • It's a simplistic statement from an author who doesn't understand basic economics. The only truth about life is this: things change. Sometimes, even the biggest company in the room trips and falls, and when they do, they have to course correct. It's not easy, and not every employee is going to stay onboard. And you know what? That's okay. These aren't imbeciles you're talking about here. They're marketers and publishers in particular, which means they have real world skills that apply across every industry. Marketing and publishing aren't exclusive to the games industry, after all. These people will be just fine. They don't need some jackass to come in and rescue them from their own incompetence.
  • "It's a simplistic statement from an author who doesn't understand basic economics."
    I agree with you jasongw.
    It's amazing how my previous comment was deleted just because I agreed with the comment of a fellow poster.
    This place is starting to look more and more like ICXM or whatever that was.
  • Maybe if you didn’t have a history of abuse and xenophobic comments your posts wouldn’t be reported.
  • You should just ban the Sony troll already. It's funny you mention abuse because he does get upset at comments ans starts cursing lol. Maybe he should spend more time playing all those one and done exclusives and less time in the comments section....
  • @jams
    Oh ofc you would love me to get banned. You can't handle my truths and opinions about gaming...
    Oh and you too, I wouldn't talk about getting upset and start cursing.
    Here is proof that it's exactly what you do:
    https://www.windowscentral.com/everything-xbox-game-studios-working I just posted a statement about gaming, you responded with typical name calling. We only need to look at your posting history to know what you're all about...
    Having said that, yeah I'm off to play some games.
  • Did I curse at you though? Um no I don't think so. You reply with childish responses and throw tempur tantrums. Terrible. Again why do you spend so much time here if you are too busy playing your one and done repetitive exclusives with no multiplayer? Why not spend your time on Sony websites??? I mean what do you do once you pass spiderman and god of bore(assuming you get that far)? Examples below.... https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-one-s-all-digital-edition-preorder https://www.windowscentral.com/everything-xbox-game-studios-working
  • @jams
    Your example shows absolutely nothing.
    In the second link, I said some games are not exclusives and you started name-calling me and abusing me.
    That's what I'm talking about.
    In the first link you posted I reply you with "If you get upset by my comments, then it's a you problem. ofc you can always ignore me, if you're really that upset. :)"
    If you feel upset when I criticise MS or XB you are free to ignore my posts. It's that simple.
  • What you said is worse. It’s hilarious how you blame everyone, but you’re the abuser.
  • @Asher Madan
    Because "Except that games like Cuphead, QB... are not exclusive to XB.
    I played them on steam."
    is worse than
    "Sony bots such yourself" You are really funny... and I let everyone reading your comment judge it. :)
  • "I was also going to make a comment on your ridiculous comment about poor people but you have just been taken apart by so many people so I'll let you go... LOL" "LOL you're kind of a joke.
    I have fibre broadband internet so good speed. I work and stay in a major city.
    Oh and I'm not even in the USA. I'm in Europe." "I don't really give a **** about your guess. These are statement made by a former employee. If you decide to choose and pick the statement or the people that are true and those who are false based on what favours you, then I can't take you and your guesses seriously." Get some help. Attacking commentators is one thing, but attacking admins and editors and then following them to another website is another. If you are really in Europe there must be some laws against attacking people and stalking them online.
  • I think you need some help understanding what "Attacking commentators" means.
    The only "attack" I made was calling someone a joke and that was in response to a guy who said this to me:
    "people who support these are poor people who dont have access to fast internet, cant afford new games so they buy used games, and lives in the suburbs somewhere in the middle of nowhere, USA. you probably fit into all of this category"
    First if someone come and try to insult me personally for no reason, I will response. That's the normal thing to do. If you can't take the heat, don't attack other people. It's that simple. But unlike you, the guy didn't feel the need to whine about what I said.
    Next, the guy was taken appart for that comment by many other fellow posters. Sorry there is no law that prevents me from posting my opinion and from criticising WHOEVER I want. Like I said, if you don't like me criticising MS, you are free to ignore my comments. Now, if you excuse me, I don't want to waste more time talking with you guys here, I have some games to play.
  • But if you are in Europe like you say you should already be playing games since you are 5-8 hours ahead. Why were you even still on this website? I told you those one and done repetitive exclusives with no replay value get boring fast. Lol
  • "But if you are in Europe like you say you should already be playing games since you are 5-8 hours ahead."
    Aww that's cute. LOL Looks like someone is allowing you to play at certain period. I don't know about you but I have a life. I can play whenever I want and how long I want. I don't have specific play-time.
    And to answer your question, I'm on this site for my gaming news and to discuss with fellow gamers. Anyway since you've said it yourself elsewhere, if whenever I criticise or even question MS you take it as a personal attack, then just ignore my post from now on...
  • Try to remain civil because you’re attacking him directly.
  • You were abusing and instigating him.
  • ofc
    "Except that games like Cuphead, QB... are not exclusive to XB.
    I played them on steam."
    abusing and instigating someone
    So he can call me names. HAHAHAH You are just digging a bigger hole with comments like that.
    The problem is that, it looks like you guys take any criticism of MS/XB or even questioning MS/XB as a personal attack. You guys need to understand that when I criticise a company I'm not attacking you guys.
    Anyway like I said on the other post, don't bother replying me...
    I've got better things to do, there are a couple of good topics by other writers that I want to reply to.
  • You aren’t posting anything meaningful, all you’re doing it abusing others.
  • > What you said is worse. It’s hilarious how you blame everyone, > but you’re the abuser.
    And he like to label people.... say things with no logic (e.g. Epic is the one to blame for locking ps4 away from others, that's not on Sony) and wall himself behind "I too have my freedom of speech you know?" And feel the need to repeat himself in many posts.... 1) as if that's not a common sense 2) others too have freedom of speech. What's the fuss for, right?
  • @Asher Madan
    Oh So did you report my post to yourself before deleting it or did you just delete it straight away? You know what's funny? It's that many times when I criticise one of the content or title of one your article, or when I agree with someone who criticise your article, my post gets deleted. Besides ICXM (where you were the admin) and here I've never seen my post ever getting deleted. I'm guessing this is not a me problem, but a you problem. Looks like you can't handle my criticism... Ah if I was you I wouldn't talk about posting history. You have an history of spamming, trolling and posting off-topic.
    And unlike you I can post a link/proof:
  • Try to act like a human, it’s not that hard. And I’m not the one posting insulting and xenophobic posts on Windows Central.
  • Let me get this right, he used to attack you on another website when you were the admin and now he's followed/stalked you to windows central and is carrying on with the same type of behavior still? If true he should seek some help.
  • @jams
    Wrong. I was here before he was even a member here. lol
  • I don’t think so. Jams is right.
  • @Asher Madan
    WOW Your lies are so obvious. Asher Madan:
    Member for 1 year 11 months
    https://www.windowscentral.com/users/asher-madan Guest_aotf:
    Member for 2 years 1 month
    https://www.windowscentral.com/users/guestaotf I don't like to talk to people who lie so please stop replying me. Just ignore my post.
  • I created this account when I started writing for them.
  • So I didn't follow you here. I was here first.
    Proves my point.
  • That’s actually true.
  • In that topic, all you did was troll, spam and go off-topic. I don't know if I can call that "acting like a human" (whatever that means).
    Anyway, I'm done with you here. Have a great evening.
  • So you think it's ok to use abusive foul language to people commenting, and stalk/harass admins on this website? They shouldn't have to put up with that kind of abuse ever. What's wrong with you? It's just video games. Not life or death. If I were the admins of this website I would ban you or trace your ip and block you.
  • I don’t think he understands that.
  • Just ignore him and don’t reply. That’s the easiest solution.
  • Ya you are right it's probably best to ignore him even when he replies to my comments and in your case your articles.
  • I've been telling you guys this for months.
    If you can't handle my opinion or my truths just ignore my posts. Simple.
  • You don’t have an opinion, you just insult others and make xenophobic comments about their English skills.
  • Um... isn't this an insulting and xenophobic comment?
  • That would be a start.
  • It would. But like I said, unions don't prevent mismanagement or workforce reduction.
  • At least employees would have some semblance of security when events like this happen.
  • Usually people (at least in the US) will get some kind of financial package to help them for a few months while they locate another job. If they are good at what they do, they should be able to find work in the same type of job. I have been through this myself, it is hard, but works out for most without long term hardship.
  • I feel bad for every single person whoost their job. But I would love to see EA crash and burn for a multitude of reasons. In a perfect world EA would go under and every single good honest employee there would find a rewarding career in gaming somewhere else.
  • Best hope none of those employees are women otherwise they go against their idiological ideals.
  • Those employees are a direct result of EA being greedy with loot boxes and other poor decisions. Those employees needed better decision making at the top of the company.
  • Did loot boxes lost EA a fortune?