Last month Activision Blizzard made headlines the world over when it was announced
that upwards of 800 employees were losing their jobs - after reporting record earnings. Today comes word that EA is laying off 350 employees in the 9,000-person company. In a statement EA CEO Andrew Wilson notes "This is a difficult day", adding, "These are important but very hard decisions, and we do not take them lightly."
"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," begins the statement
from Andrew Wilson. Which then goes on to indicate that the losses will be across EA marketing, publishing, and operations in Japan and Russia, with EA to "focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets".
Adding, "In addition to organizational changes, we are deeply focused on increasing quality in our games and services. Great games will continue to be at the core of everything we do, and we are thinking differently about how to amaze and inspire our players".
EA also aims to provide service and assistance for those losing their jobs, with Andrew Wilson stating "This is our top priority." The 350 figure represents roughly 4% of the total company size.