Despite the overwhelming success of Apex Legends, EA has had a difficult few months with several games not performing to their expectations. The effect of this has been that the company has undergone a restructure in certain regions and departments, resulting in 350 layoffs across the company.
The layoffs primarily affect the marketing and publishing arms of the company. They will also be decreasing their presence in Japan and Russia while they reassess how best to appeal to those players. You can read the full statement from EA's CEO Andrew Wilson below:
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. We’re making deliberate moves to better deliver on our commitments, refine our organization and meet the needs of our players. As part of this, we have made changes to our marketing and publishing organization, our operations teams, and we are ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia as we focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets. 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. The redundancies follow the layoffs of hundreds of staff from Activision last month as many developers and publishers face an increasingly tough time in the video game market. As always, our thoughts are with the staff who have been affected by the news.
This is a difficult day. The changes we’re making today will impact about 350 roles in our 9,000-person company. These are important but very hard decisions, and we do not take them lightly. We are friends and colleagues at EA, we appreciate and value everyone’s contributions, and we are doing everything we can to ensure we are looking after our people to help them through this period to find their next opportunity. This is our top priority.