The lights are on
EA has confirmed to Game Informer that EA Salt Lake is undergoing downsizing. The studio is responsible for Monopoly Streets, Risk: Factions, and a number of expansions for The Sims series.
“EA Salt Lake is becoming largely focused on mobile development, including The Sims and other projects,” an EA representative told us via email. “Recent shifts unfortunately resulted in the reduction of a few teams. As we look to match skills with opportunities, some staff will be offered other positions at EA, while others will leave the company.”
The publisher did not comment on the extent of the layoffs, but does assure that the studio will remain open. EA recently reported its third quarter earnings, with the company performing below expectations. The publisher’s retail revenue was down nearly $200 million, and while digital is growing, it did not make up the difference.
Our TakeOur thoughts are with those that find themselves unemployed, and with those that have made the difficult decision to relocate. EA continues to shake up its direction, especially after creative departures at the top of a number of studios. The company continues to cut expenses, especially in light of flagging revenue, leading to unfortunate layoffs such as this.