In mid-March, John Riccitiello surprised the industry by announcing plans to step down as CEO of games development and publishing company Electronic Arts. Now, EA is laying off an undisclosed number of staff from its Montreal studio. The company said in a statement today that it's 'sharpening its focus' to provide new games for new platforms as well as mobile. As a result, some people are getting cut to make things more efficient.
"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile," USA Today quotes from an EA statement. "In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization. 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."
EA hasn't provided details on how many people will lose their jobs, nor has it talked about the divisions that will be hit the hardest by the layoffs. According to Joystiq, the figure is as high as 60 to 70 permanent employees and more than 100 contracted workers. It's not clear if this figure includes those that will be retrained and relocated or if it is representative of the number of people losing their jobs at EA entirely. We'll update if we learn more.