Electronic Arts Shuttering PopCap and Quicklime Studios in Vancouver, Sources Say

Posted by Rob Lewis

A report has surfaced suggesting that, following a round of organizational restructuring announced by Electronic Arts, PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Studios will be closing.

According to GameInformer and Polygon, former EA employees are mentioning the layoffs and studio closures on Twitter.

The video game developer issued this statement to the Financial Post:

In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends.

These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.

Electronic Arts, dubbed “The worst company in America” in both 2012 and 2013, laid off 170 people in Montreal on April 11.

Earlier this month CEO John Riccitiello resigned following a poor showing last quarter. Riccitiello reportedly said he wished for EA to have a “clean start” in 2014, and that he was 100 per cent accountable.

EA had previously laid off employees at its Los Angeles studio as well, followed by further cuts around the world.

Consumer Reports Magazine’s online subsidiary The Consumerist was behind dubbing EA the “worst company in America” in both 2012 and 2013.

UPDATE: Here's an internal memo from executive chairman Larry Probst leaked by TechCrunch:

As we begin the new fiscal year, I want to provide you with a brief update on some important changes to our organization. As Executive Chairman, my focus is to ensure EA is delivering high quality games and services to our consumers, while helping the executive team develop a FY14 operating plan that drives growth, rationalizes headcount and controls costs.

In recent weeks, the executive team has been tasked with evaluating every area of our business to establish a clear set of priorities, and a more efficient organizational structure. This process has led to some difficult decisions about the number of people and locations needed to achieve our goals.

The workforce reductions which we communicated in the last two weeks represent the majority of our planned personnel actions. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of these individuals – they will be missed by their colleagues and friends at EA.

We are also taking action to streamline our organization, including changes in two key areas:

· Core marketing functions have been consolidated under our COO, Peter Moore. The combined group will bring together our Label marketing teams, Global Acquisition Marketing and Marketing Analytics into one multi-talented team under Todd Sitrin’s leadership. The development and marketing teams will continue to work as cohesive units, driving clear and consistent messaging and consumer engagement for each of our franchises.

· Origin will move into Frank Gibeau’s Labels organization. Andrew Wilson will take on the leadership of Origin, working with CJ Prober and the team to create more value and an enhanced entertainment experience for our consumers.

Change is sometimes difficult, but essential. The adjustments we are making will put us in the best position to build great games and services, deliver them more efficiently to consumers, and demonstrate to players around the world why they should spend their time with us.

EA is a great company, with talented and hard-working teams, a strong portfolio of products and an extremely bright future.

Thank you all for your dedication and commitment to our long term success!

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