Electronic Arts is denying rumors that
the publisher is planning to shed upwards of 11% of its staff
following the mediocre performance of its latest releases.
"There are no lay-offs as such, we
always have projects growing and morphing,” said EA in a statement
to MCV. “At any given time there are new people coming in and
others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to
support the growing demand for digital games and services."
The rumor was first spread by
sources at the website Startup Grind, who claimed EA was sending 500
– 1,000 of its staff to the unemployment line “very soon”. The
impending cuts were thought to be caused by declining subscriptions
to EA's newly released Star Wars: The Old Republic, and
less-than-anticipated returns on Battlefield 3. Dipping stock
prices and a desire on upper management's part to trim costs were also
suggested as possible motivators.
EA made the news last week when
celebrities defended the company's decision to include
lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered (LGBT) themes in some of
its more recent games, Mass Effect 3 and Old Republic included. Catch
up on positive EA news (for a change) in our report: Celebrities support EA in wake of anti-LGBT campaign.