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article imageGaming giant EA to lay off 1,500 employees

By Tami Baribeau     Nov 9, 2009 in Entertainment
Shortly after the announcement of a $300-million acquisition of social gaming company Playfish, EA announced massive layoffs affecting 1,500 employees.
Hot on the tail of an announcement that EA acquired social media gaming platform Playfish, EA announced budget cuts of around $100 million.
The plans to save money on operating expenses include a layoff of ]around 1,500 employees.
Layoffs have been confirmed at several EA-owned studios, including Tiburon in Orlando, Blackbox in British Columbia, and Quality Assurance staff in Redwood Shores. Among the hardest hit is Mythic Entertainment, developers of the online Massively Multiplayer Online RPG Warhammer Online, who lost 80 employees (40 percent of their staff).
Former EA employee Eron Garcia tweeted today stating, "Who just got laid off: a. Me, b. Most of my department, c. HUGE chunks of EA, d. All of the Above."
EA saw a Q3 revenue of $894 million this year.
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