EA will cut more than 650 employees

And will stop working on some games Video game company Electronic Arts (EA) is cutting 5% of its workforce, which will result in the loss of jobs for more than 650 employees. It's part of a broader restructuring that also includes cutting office space and ceasing work on some video games. DiscussEA will cut more than 650 employees

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In a message to EA employees, CEO Andrew Wilson stated that the company is “optimizing its operations to create deeper and more connected experiences for fans.” He also noted that the cuts will allow the company to focus on its “core capabilities, including its own intellectual properties, sports and massive online communities.”

One of the discontinued games directly affected by the decision is the first-person shooter the Star Wars universe, which was worked on by the Respawn studio acquired by EA in 2017.

The cuts at EA became part of a general trend in the gaming industry, where more than 10,500 workers have been laid off since the beginning of last year. In January 2024, more than 6,000 people were laid off, including employees of companies such as Microsoft, Riot Games and Unity. Sony also announced it was laying off 900 people from its PlayStation division.