Electronic Arts is to reduce its employee count once again, according to a leaked employee e-mail, acquired by Kotaku. EA CEO Andrew Wilson appears to confirm the news, indicating that around 350 staff (roughly 4% of its current 9,000-person structure) comprising the company’s marketing, publishing and operations division, will be affected. The intention, it’s claimed, is to “streamline decision-making”; commenting on the upcoming lay-offs, Wilson continues: “we have a vision to be the World’s Greatest Games Company, if we’re honest with ourselves, we’re not there right now. We have work to do with our games, our player relationships, and our business.” The company also intends to shrink its presence in Russia and Japan as part of its overseas restructuring. Severance packagaes will be provided to those laid-off.
“Today we took some important steps as a company to address our challenges and prepare for the opportunities ahead,” EA stated, in a separate statement. “As we look across a changing world around us, it’s clear that we must change with it. We’re making deliberate moves to better deliver on our commitments, refine our organization and meet the needs of our players…we are deeply focused on increasing quality in our games and services.”
The news comes mere days after it was reported that Anthem — despite its middling reception by fans and critics alike — has so far grossed more than $100 million in digital revenue, $3.5 million of which was from microtransactions. Making today’s news that bit more perplexing.