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  paulytheb

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OP  4/17/12 12:38:30 PM#1

http://www.gamespot.com/news/ea-laying-off-up-to-1000-report-6371851

 

an excerpt from the article ~

 

The story is written by former EA employee and Burnout franchise product manager Derek Andersen and cites multiple sources within the company for the news. Andersen pointed to a variety of contributing factors for the cuts, noting that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic did not meet internal sales estimates and is facing declining subscription numbers.

 

 

 

EDIT **  My apologies if this was a repost. I missed the other thread. I thought this was new news.  Again, my apologies.  **

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  User Deleted
4/17/12 12:42:37 PM#2

Sounds like they are punishing the poor saps at the bottom who probably do all the heavy lifting and know what they are doing , and ignoring the blithering idiots at the top who actually make the bad decisions. The result is that nothing changes. Except morale.

  Bardus

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4/17/12 12:45:47 PM#3

This is so Sunday's news, your behind.

Bad thing is shit runs downhill, the suits that squandered the IP will still get their salaries. Reasons for the layoffs go furher than TOR as well. EA's ethics are finally catching up with them.

  Skatty2007

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4/17/12 12:46:19 PM#4

I'm glad I'm not in the game industry.  It seems like a pretty unstable industry - more than average at least from my outside perspective.

I hope those people cut can find new jobs soon.

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  Skatty2007

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4/17/12 12:47:59 PM#5
Originally posted by Bardus

This is so Sunday's news, your behind.

Bad thing is shit runs downhill, the suits that squandered the IP will still get their salaries. Reasons for the layoffs go furher than TOR as well. EA's ethics are finally catching up with the little guy.

Fixed that for you, unfortunately :-(

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  TUX426

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4/17/12 12:49:19 PM#6
Originally posted by Bardus

This is so Sunday's news, your behind.

Bad thing is shit runs downhill, the suits that squandered the IP will still get their salaries. Reasons for the layoffs go furher than TOR as well. EA's ethics are finally catching up with them.

I wish that were true...but as long as SOE is still kicking, my faith in humanity caring, is diminished.

  gaeanprayer

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4/17/12 1:03:11 PM#7
Originally posted by paulytheb

http://www.gamespot.com/news/ea-laying-off-up-to-1000-report-6371851

 

an excerpt from the article ~

 

The story is written by former EA employee and Burnout franchise product manager Derek Andersen and cites multiple sources within the company for the news. Andersen pointed to a variety of contributing factors for the cuts, noting that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic did not meet internal sales estimates and is facing declining subscription numbers.

*waits for the die-hards to explain it away*

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  Elikal

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4/17/12 1:04:16 PM#8

Guess work force is cheaper in Asia, eh? Kick some 1000 American jobs and hire 2000 Chinese for half the bucks.

I am so tired of locust capitalism.

A forum is a place where people can discuss about different opinions. So what I don't get is, how people react offended when they come to a forum and then find... well different opinions. If a different opinion offends you, what are you even doing here?

  Bardus

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4/17/12 1:12:02 PM#9
Originally posted by Elikal

Guess work force is cheaper in Asia, eh? Kick some 1000 American jobs and hire 2000 Chinese for half the bucks.

I am so tired of locust capitalism.

That's true, they are hiring in Asia as they cut jobs elsewhere. It's going to show in quality and only drag EA down more (meaning no disrespect to Asians but sorry, child slave labor shows in quality)

  User Deleted
4/17/12 1:16:11 PM#10

typical corporatism today, just like others on this thread i await the hardcore to explain this away as something other then TOR.

Hate that the suits can just do whatever they want and the rest of the universe can burn while they sit in their yachts and drink champagne. Typical, it's like what happened with the banks in 2008.

  OldManFunk

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4/17/12 1:16:41 PM#11

Nevermind the game. I feel bad for those people.

  User Deleted
4/17/12 1:17:05 PM#12
Originally posted by gaeanprayer
Originally posted by paulytheb

http://www.gamespot.com/news/ea-laying-off-up-to-1000-report-6371851

 

an excerpt from the article ~

 

The story is written by former EA employee and Burnout franchise product manager Derek Andersen and cites multiple sources within the company for the news. Andersen pointed to a variety of contributing factors for the cuts, noting that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic did not meet internal sales estimates and is facing declining subscription numbers.

*waits for the die-hards to explain it away*

 

  So, I'm curious, what happens when the layoffs that were supposed to happen last week, didn't, and were re-confirmed to be happening this week, don't?  Will they be confirmed to be happening next week instead?

  User Deleted
4/17/12 1:17:53 PM#13
Originally posted by Bardus
Originally posted by Elikal

Guess work force is cheaper in Asia, eh? Kick some 1000 American jobs and hire 2000 Chinese for half the bucks.

I am so tired of locust capitalism.

That's true, they are hiring in Asia as they cut jobs elsewhere. It's going to show in quality and only drag EA down more (meaning no disrespect to Asians but sorry, child slave labor shows in quality)

completely agree with you both, i just hope that even tho the signs look like it, we aren't all heading towards a firefly style economy where everyone is looking for any kind of job just to buy protein packs.

  FateFatality

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4/17/12 1:18:48 PM#14

EA sucks just a fat greedy company they diserve to fail and go bankrupt

EA  are just like activion bunch of suits only care for the money and using avertisment but production is of lame and pathetic QUIALITY

  Kost

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4/17/12 1:20:03 PM#15
Originally posted by Elikal

Guess work force is cheaper in Asia, eh? Kick some 1000 American jobs and hire 2000 Chinese for half the bucks.

I am so tired of locust capitalism.

It's happening in Canada as well.

My sister was employed at a Tim Hortons in the town where I live for the last four years, then this year the owners brought in 13 new employees (all of whom were immigrants) and layed off 10 of the local employees. My sister included.

North America as a whole is just failing in this day and age.

  Fadedbomb

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4/17/12 1:20:58 PM#16

How many months is this now since SWTOR has been out? Hmm, seems to be coming a BIT short on my 6month prediction that SWTOR would start bleeding numbers enough to show financially.

 

My predictions aside, I would have thought at least a MINIMUM of 3 diehard Bioware fans would have come in here by now to explain it away as "Natural market fluxuations" or something to that effect.

 

Bottom line is that even EA internals figures & numbers are trouncing all over apparent "wild" speculatorial numbers. 1,000 jobs is something you can't really afford to lose when your game has such high up-keep as SWTOR's "Voice Over" quest design has.

 

Here's hoping that the industry crushes SWTOR, and the linear WoW model, into oblivion so that future MMOs are actually half decent :D!

 

 

I can dream can't i   :s?

 

 

[edit]: Forgot to mention that outsourcing to Asia for programmers is nothing new. When Bioware was first bought by EA they moved a good portion of their programming dev centres to Asia. Where do you think Origin & BattleLog for Bf3 were developed? They were outsourced to Asia. I thought this was common knowledge :x?

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  TUX426

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4/17/12 1:25:42 PM#17
Originally posted by OldManFunk

Nevermind the game. I feel bad for those people.

They knew the industry they were involved in. It's commonplace.

  Ecoces

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4/17/12 1:27:40 PM#18
Originally posted by Fadedbomb

Here's hoping that the industry crushes SWTOR, and the linear WoW model, into oblivion so that future MMOs are actually half decent :D!

 

 

I can dream can't i   :s?

 

 

 

so you're happy that 1000 people got laid off because a company didn't make a game that you like? thats real nice of you. geez i mean i understand people are haters and all that but i didn't think people would actually be happy about people losing their jobs so they (the haters) can pat themselves on the back and offer this as proof that they were right.

  Metentso

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4/17/12 1:37:58 PM#19

What will be crushed is the subscription model, and half decent MMOs, nothing more.

  Mage_Francis

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4/17/12 1:40:19 PM#20

The majority of the people getting laid off were probably customer service employees.  Since SWTOR has declined in subscription numbers over the past couple months it wouldn't be a big surprise that they trimmed down some of there staff.  This is pretty normal in the gaming industry.  A 1000 people may seem like a lot but I'm pretty sure they aimed a little high during their initial hiring phase.  I just got hired at funcom doing customer service for TSW and if it doesn't sell well then I'll be released in 3 - 6 months.  The fact that those 1000 people have experience working around a big title such as swtor it should be no problem for them to find a new job in the industry.

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