Gaming giant Electronic Arts, which has multiple major offices in Canada, is slated to lay off up to 1,000 employees. The layoffs at EA, which owns Edmonton-born BioWare, were first reported by Derek Andersen at The Startup Grind.
EA later released a statement, stating that "there are no layoffs … EA is growing and hiring and building teams." EA then issued a second statement to Joystiq, stating that the company is "looking to hire hundreds of people."
But that PR spin is a facade more than anything. In the first statement, EA quietly acknowledged that, "at any given time, there are new people coming in and others leaving." Reinforcement of that last bit came in the second statement, where EA stated that "we make occasional adjustments to resize teams."
1,000 employees would represent up to 11% of Electronic Arts' headcount. But Tricia Duryee over at All Things Digital suggests that her sources indicate the layoffs will be "closer to 500" and mostly due to natural game development and launch schedules. That would represent about 5% of EA's workforce.