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Gamasutra has the scoop.

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"Media reports suggest that Electronic Arts' ongoing cost-cutting initiatives have resulted in significant layoffs from Mythic Entertainment's (Warhammer Online) and Florida's EA Tiburon.

According to a report from consumer weblog Joystiq, its playtest group, half of its QA team, and 21 customer service employees have been let go."

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# 1 MMChrisS @ 01/20/09 04:58 PM
The responses to this bit of news should be "interesting" if not predictable
 
# 2 thudias @ 01/20/09 05:48 PM
Ouch..falling into the predictable category I hope Madden testers don't take a hit. They need all that they can get.
 
# 3 Cusefan @ 01/20/09 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by thudias
Ouch..falling into the predictable category I hope Madden testers don't take a hit. They need all that they can get.
hell they could easily have volunteers do it. I know I would not mind testing a game just as long as i got it for free
 
# 4 thmst30 @ 01/20/09 06:59 PM
LOL, yes predictable comment. The playtest group and half the QA team were let go. Did they do anything anyway?
 
# 5 duke776 @ 01/20/09 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by MMChrisS
The responses to this bit of news should be "interesting" if not predictable
They had a QA team in the first place?
 
# 6 noshun @ 01/20/09 08:30 PM
The fact that their sales havent been doing that well along with the NFLPA thing, the whole buying all the exclusive contracts,this was bound to happen.
 
# 7 thmst30 @ 01/20/09 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by noshun
The fact that their sales havent been doing that well along with the NFLPA thing, the whole buying all the exclusive contracts,this was bound to happen.
I've believed for years that EA is digging their own grave. The economy is more to blame for the firings, but I still feel the day will come when EA finds themselves in deep ****. Unless Disney ends up buying them and bailing them out.
 
# 8 JohnDoe8865 @ 01/20/09 10:28 PM
I'm in the group who says I would gladly playtest/do QA for the game, even monotonous stuff that no one wants to do, if I was given some kind of deal on EA Sports games or got NCAA and Madden for free every year.
 
# 9 mastershake88 @ 01/20/09 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by thmst30
I've believed for years that EA is digging their own grave. The economy is more to blame for the firings, but I still feel the day will come when EA finds themselves in deep ****. Unless Disney ends up buying them and bailing them out.
I tend to agree here my friend. I take from the passage of Macbeth"blood begats blood" as in the consequences of all of this. Eventually the sword you live by conquors you..as much as this is not the employee's fault who work there but rather the 3 peice suits unfortunitly. But I also felt for years that buying out this and that eventually will lead to their subsequent circumstance.
 
# 10 stoncold32 @ 01/22/09 06:10 PM
Nobody QA tested NCAA 2009 anyway.
 
# 11 Fox1994 @ 01/23/09 09:54 AM
^lol. I'm saying. That's what everyone seems to believe. I certainly wouldn't argue with it.
 
# 12 Herky @ 01/28/09 03:06 AM
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Originally Posted by stoncold32
Nobody QA tested NCAA 2009 anyway.
Or Madden.
 
# 13 mgoblue @ 01/28/09 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnDoe8865
I'm in the group who says I would gladly playtest/do QA for the game, even monotonous stuff that no one wants to do, if I was given some kind of deal on EA Sports games or got NCAA and Madden for free every year.
More power to ya! I couldn't do it, I want video games to be a fun hobby for me, not a mind-numbing boring un-fun job. Plus my time is worth more than 2 free games, or even 6, given the hours testing we'd have to spend.
 
# 14 slickdtc @ 01/29/09 09:24 AM
I don't understand this. Why lay off the QA testers? Now they're game is going to have more flaws/bugs/glitches then ever before. Won't that hurt them more in the long term then paying these guys now and taking a hit? This just doesn't seem like it's anything good, no matter how you feel about sports gaming right now.

I can't say I like EA Sports as a company, but I don't want their games to be bugged out and ruin NFL gaming for everyone.
 
# 15 GSW @ 01/29/09 12:56 PM
Cold blooded part is even QA Testers dont get free games, we had to pay... or if you were lucky and knew someone you could get it free.

But Mgoblue, youd be surprised at how non boring testing is...its not "work" at all.
although youre obvsiously wokring to solve issues and find them and such.

If you love sports atleast it wouldnt be work...wasnt to me.
 
# 16 DrJones @ 01/29/09 08:29 PM
Rough times for the industry. There have been a LOT of layoffs at Vancouver studios (both EA and others) over the last few weeks, with rumours of more to come.
 
# 17 JeterFan02 @ 02/02/09 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by DrJones
Rough times for the industry. There have been a LOT of layoffs at Vancouver studios (both EA and others) over the last few weeks, with rumours of more to come.

I have a friend that was a QA tester laid off from the Montreal studios..really sucked for him since he had finally settled in with his newlywed wife. He got on doing something similar for Nintendo but just that short layoff was none too friendly.
 
# 18 noshun @ 02/04/09 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by GTheorenHobbes
EA posted their financials today...ouch:

"Electronic Arts net loss wider, cuts 1,100 jobs"

"Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc posted weaker-than-expected results on Tuesday and said it would delay several games, causing it to forecast a loss for fiscal 2009.

EA, publisher of popular franchises such as "Need For Speed" and "Madden NFL," said its fiscal third-quarter net loss was $641 million, or $2.00 a share, compared with a loss of $33 million, or 10 cents a share, a year ago."

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/..._N03534775.htm
EA got humbled. They got too bigheaded, and with sales dropping like flies and losses like these, they have noone to blame but themsleves. I wouldnt be surprised to see them charge for synergy at this point. Quality before fluff..because they've been fluffing for years, and it finally caught up.
 

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