EA lays off more than 200 QA testers in surprise Zoom call — report

By Heidi Nicholas,

EA has laid off over 200 QA testers — who mostly worked on Apex Legends — by way of an unscheduled Zoom call, according to a new report.

More than 200 QA testers from EA's LA Baton Rouge office have been laid off, a new report suggests. These testers are said to have mostly worked on Apex Legends, and some are apparently concerned what the loss of the team's experience — earned by working on Apex Legends even before it launched — might mean for the "quality of testing in the near future."

EA has reportedly laid off more than 200 Apex Legends QA testers

All testers (including some who had apparently only finished up with night shifts hours earlier) at EA's Baton Rouge office were laid off over an early-morning unscheduled Zoom call, according to a new report from Kotaku. This call apparently also came as a surprise to full-time supervisors who were given no warning of the layoffs. Kotaku claims it spoke to three sources — kept anonymous — and notes others have spoken about the situation on Twitter; @TopMarx420, for instance, who says they formerly worked as QA for Apex Legends, explains, "EA just fired its entire Baton Rouge studio, which is essentially their entire Apex Legends QA staff." Later in the thread, they added, "My friend still there said they were emailed about a zoom meeting today and then they immediately revoked their credentials. They're paying them 60 days severance." Kotaku's sources say this severance is insufficient for many testers whose contracts were for a longer stretch of time.

An EA spokesperson told Kotaku (without commenting on the layoffs specifically), "As part of our ongoing global strategy, we are expanding the distribution of our Apex Legends testing team and ending testing execution that’s been concentrated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, impacting services provided by our third-party provider. Our global team, inclusive of remote playtesters across the U.S., enables us to increase the hours per week we’re able to test and optimize the game and reflects a commitment to understand and better serve our growing community around the world."

A previous report, meanwhile, suggested that EA's cancelled Titanfall game was actually an Apex Legends campaign. We'll watch for any word from EA or the Apex Legends team. In the meantime, what do you make of this? Let us know in the comments.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.
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