The lights are on
The makers of Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle and other hit titles let go 50 employees from its North American office in Seattle, Wash. The studio is also reevaluating the future of its office in Dubin, Ireland.
PopCap co-founder John Vechey published a letter outlining the reasons behind the cuts. "The change in consumer tastes requires us to reorganize our business and invest in new types of games on new platforms. It’s a completely different world from when we started," he said.
Vechey also says PopCap is still hiring and expects the studio to end the year at the same number of employees from the start of the year. "To stay in business, we need to manage costs, improve efficiency and maintain a profit," he explained. "We’ve been able to invest in creative new games like Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies because we had a high profit business. That business is challenged, and if we don’t adapt, we won’t be able to invest in new IP.
"That sounds harsh – but if we don’t stay in business, no more plants, zombies, jewels, frogs or worms."
Earlier this year, Electronic Arts acquired PopCap. Vechey says the layoffs were 100 percent made by PopCap and he was under no pressure to make cuts from EA.
Yesteryday, PopCap announced Plants vs. Zombies 2.
popcap is a bit of an iconic name, but J.V. is correct, if they don't adapt they'll just fade away.
Well if it's to help the company, then I'm fine with it.
its never good to loose a job so good luck to those unlucky 50.
It's always amazing how managing costs doesn't involve reducing the pay of the top executives taking home millions from the company every year.
Sucks for them
I fully support PopCap's games. I pray those people don't have trouble finding a new job, but lets hope PopCap's new games are great!
Well damn, first THQ and now PopCap? Hope no more are on the way.
I hate these stories about layoffs.
I am sorry for the people who lost their jobs and hope they find a job somewhere soon, but, although they did get layed off, I have a good feeling that PopCap knows what they're doing. From the sound of their plan, it makes sense how they're going to survive in the future by doing this. Also, if they didn't do this, then I would really miss all of the great games they make.
interesting okay rate not good star okay
They layoff 50 people but they are still hiring. If I was one of those 50 I would be pissed off.