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EA has made an unspecified number of job cuts at its Galway, Ireland facility, which provides customer support for games including Star Wars: The Old Republic and FIFA 13. While the company declined to confirm the number of affected workers, The Journal understands that just under 20 employees have been let go.

Following on from recent job cuts at EA Montreal, the Ireland job losses are part of EA’s ongoing effort to streamline its operations by "sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile".

The company said in a statement: "These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world."

Seven months ago, EA’s chief operating officer Peter Moore announced plans for major investment in the customer support centre in Galway, which was expected to result in the workforce growing from 200 to 500 employees.

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7 comments

  • PatHan-bHai - April 15, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    Do i detect a dash of sarcasm in the article? :D
  • Sinnott - April 15, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    EA is really trying hard for winning worst company for the 3rd year
  • antiAntag0nist - April 15, 2013 7 a.m.

    More layoffs?
  • winner2 - April 15, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Hope they find a good place.
  • BladedFalcon - April 15, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    "Hey look! GR is doing their week of hate again!" "Quick! Let's do some more shitty stuff to draw their attention!"
  • carlzebra87 - April 15, 2013 6:11 a.m.

    This is insider info gta5 spoiler alert 1. Michael one of the main protagonists is actually Mike a minor character in San Andreas. He was a bodyguard of Salvatore Leone in that game. After returning back to Liberty city with Salvatore after the business in San Andreas he decided to move to Los santos permanently. 2. Franklin is Cj's nephew. His mother is Cj's sister and his father Cj's friend from San Andreas - Cesar Vialpando. He sees Michael (who has become a friend of Cj since he moved to Los santos) as a father figure. 3. Cesar's whereabouts is unknown. He went to Liberty City to avenge the death of his cousin Catalina by Claude. This is one of the major themes of gta 5.
  • TurkeyOnRye - April 15, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Boy... all of that unfortunate business with Bioshock Infinite's spoiled ending has birthed a form of internet forum trolls. The forced spoiler. Duh duh duuuuh.

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