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  fivoroth

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4/16/12 2:40:02 AM#21

That really sucks for those guys. It also sucks for people who still work there. In my last company when they laid off 50-200 (not sure exactly how many) people, I heard they didn't even tell them in advance. People just came in the office and saw half of the desks in their department empty.

What's funny though is that the company wasn't doing bad. The UK branch still continued to make about 6 billion worth of revenues and 2-3 billion profit. Why they sacked people was beyond me and no one at work wanted to tell me -_-

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  OmgTryhard

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4/16/12 3:38:49 AM#22
Originally posted by Distopia
Originally posted by sk8chalif

Haha, we all saw this coming,  lucky i don't work for them anymore,

This type of response will always boggle me, it seems somewhat sadistic IMO. To be clear I understand disliking corporations, but getting your jollies off of others loss of employment is just not right.  Most of those people are just doing what they're told to do like any other employee. You can bet most of those truly responsible will still be coming to work the next day, making as much as 10-20 of those others combined.

Indeed +1 Distopia ,there seems to be a lot of spoiled nerds on theses forums.

  troublmaker

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4/16/12 3:39:43 AM#23

Sad truth is in a world of digital distribution there is no room for big name publishers.  EA, Activision and THQ all became huge because all studios would pay them to distribute their games.  Now all these studios are just distributing online and bypassing them.  Activision has like, 3 titles?  EA has maybe 8-9.  THQ has like 2.

Every single game they make is very expensive and every single one that does poorly is going to cost someone their job.  It's unfortunate but that's the reality of the game designer world.  It is not a stable industry and it is not a stable income.  Unlike many industries your job security have 100% to do with your ability to be the best in the world.

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  Hurvart

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4/16/12 4:24:39 AM#24

Short term its sad. But long term its better for them if they can find better jobs working for better and more successful companies. And better for investors and customers too. The talent and hard work is wasted working for a company like EA. Since this means money is also wasted this had to happen. And the leaders should be blamed.

  Dredphyre

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4/16/12 5:41:08 AM#25
Originally posted by ignore_me
 

Think they are about to call Raph Koster?

And take him away from making browser games for Facebook? lol.

  Tardcore

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4/16/12 5:51:46 AM#26

Maybe much ado about nothing?

UPDATE

"Gypsies, tramps, and thieves, we were called by the Admin of the site . . . "

  Unshra

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4/16/12 5:52:31 AM#27

The article has been updated with EA's response to the rumor:

 

"UPDATE - EA has issued a statement on the matter, telling MCV "There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing. At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services."'

 

Time will tell.

 

 

Edit: Tardcore beat me to it.


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  Tardcore

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4/16/12 5:54:49 AM#28
Originally posted by Unshra

The article has been updated with EA's response to the rumor:

 

"UPDATE - EA has issued a statement on the matter, telling MCV "There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing. At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services."'

 

Time will tell.

Of course this could always be "corp speak" for "We aren't laying anyone off." "We are just giving them endless vacations without pay."

"Gypsies, tramps, and thieves, we were called by the Admin of the site . . . "

  User Deleted
4/16/12 5:59:42 AM#29

That updated response just comes across odd...   we aren't really laying anyone off.   Well sure companies grow/shrink all the time but not many shrink by 500-1000 in a week due to various projects.

 

The only real story there... is for anyone losing a job it sucks.

 

As to rumor/update.   If I was a publicly traded company and my CFO who resigned AND my CEO both kept claiming we had 1.7 million subscribers.. AFTER the same CEO had stated 500,000 subs would make money....

 

I would certainly not want to layoff anyone and claim that the subscription numbers were a disappointment.   I would fully expect to have the FTC so far up my dark side that they would convert to the light side.

  Lobotomist

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4/16/12 6:01:33 AM#30
Originally posted by Tardcore
Originally posted by Unshra

The article has been updated with EA's response to the rumor:

 

"UPDATE - EA has issued a statement on the matter, telling MCV "There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing. At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services."'

 

Time will tell.

Of course this could always be "corp speak" for "We aren't laying anyone off." "We are just giving them endless vacations without pay."

Or, ol time popular :  these were just temporary positions

  Vesavius

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4/16/12 6:04:25 AM#31

Hey... wasn't there that post made about EA moving their 'Creative Marketing' department to China or some such?

*looks around*

Here... http://www.cinemablend.com/games/EA-Viral-Marketing-Exposed-Big-Buyout-Horizon-40885.html 

 

"There's about 560 full and part time people that do my (old) job at EA. Other companies have people in similar positions, no idea how many though."
 

"They recently moved their "creative" marketing segments to East Asia, hence the (my) being laid off."

 

So... EA are rumoured to be sacking 500-1000 people, while at the same time rumoured to have outsourced their shilling?

Discuss :)

 

(BTW, I get that EA have denied it, but what are they gonna say? 'yeah, we have sacked our American shills?')

" 

 

 

  dronfwar

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4/16/12 6:05:27 AM#32
Originally posted by Unshra

"UPDATE - EA has issued a statement on the matter, telling MCV "There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing. At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services."'

translation: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fubar

Hopefully all those 'IamSWTORmmo' youtube channels will be closed now.

  RodimusPrime

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4/16/12 6:08:38 AM#33

Looks like SWTOR sold another million copies since their earning call on dec 31.

  firefly2003

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4/16/12 6:10:14 AM#34
Originally posted by Bardus

Been saving this for the right moment and this may be it...

Good timing

  cinos

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4/16/12 6:12:48 AM#35
Originally posted by RodimusPrime

Looks like SWTOR sold another million copies since their earning call on dec 31.

Just fyi, that's an estimate from an outside source. Not official numbers.

  RodimusPrime

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4/16/12 6:14:39 AM#36
Originally posted by cinos
Originally posted by RodimusPrime

Looks like SWTOR sold another million copies since their earning call on dec 31.

Just fyi, that's an estimate from an outside source. Not official numbers.

 So the rumor firings is ok to post but not the also rumored increase in sales in the same article?

  Naral

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4/16/12 6:15:47 AM#37

 Uh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uh... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

  BloodyViking

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4/16/12 6:19:50 AM#38
Originally posted by RodimusPrime

Looks like SWTOR sold another million copies since their earning call on dec 31.

OR they decided to add the number of trials to the "sold" number to pad them a bit.

  NeoZcar2

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4/16/12 6:21:19 AM#39

When it comes to EA, almost any official announcement should be expected as an outright lie. Just look at everything that has happened in the last 2 years with SW:TORs development. Almost every single official announcement turned out to be a lie. Even the advertising they placed for patch 1.2 was false advertising. They have lied and lied about the number of subscribers, about the low populations on many servers, and they sent one very negative report to investors while on the same day claiming completely different positive results to the gaming community in yet another lie filled official announcement.

 

It was no mistake EA recieved the title of "Worst Company in America".

  Souldrainer

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4/16/12 6:22:17 AM#40
Originally posted by AmbrosiaAmor

Kotaku posted this about half an hour ago. Note that at this time it is labled a RUMOR

Article can be found here:

 

http://kotaku.com/5902222/report-ea-about-to-fire-500+1000-people

 

"According to a report on Startup Grind, a site that normally deals with tech companies and their founders, publisher Electronic Arts will very soon lay off as many as 1000 employees.

Originally planned to take place last week, the lay offs have reportedly been slightly postponed, though may now take place " as soon as this week".

The report claims between 500-1000 employees will be affected. That's a lot of people, even for a company as big as Electronic Arts.

Startup Grind's report goes on to speculate the layoffs are a result of a disappointing 2011 in which a few hit games (like Battlefield 3) had their sales overshadowed by an overspend on marketing, expensive acquisitions and disappointing subscriber numbers for big-budget MMO Star Wars: Old Republic.

We've contacted EA for confirmation, and will update if we hear back."

EA, a complany which owns 400+ games and has over 70,000 employees... they just last week closed off a ton of old gaming servers.  This?  This company laid off a large chunk of people?  OK.  Cause for a second there, I thought this was SWTOR-related, but since it's not even remotely related to the game, WRONG FORUM!

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