By Shailesh Shrivastava | Apr 29, 2013 01:08 PM EDT
Sad news is coming out of one of the biggest names in the gaming industry: Electronic Arts, better known as EA, has decided to cut down its workforce by a large amount.
According to reports, the gaming company is going to lay off 10 percent of its employees, owing to its new focus on new technologies and mobile.
Although the declaration from EA itself is bad news, even worse is the way the company released it. Instead of announcing it directly, the company posted a very vague message on its blog saying, "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."
The company already looked in trouble, as its CEO John Riccitiello stepped down last month and before that the company was reported to have cut the number of workers at its Montreal and Los Angeles studios.
"My decision to leave EA is really all about my accountability for the shortcomings in our financial results this year. It currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued to the Street, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. And for that, I am 100 percent accountable," Riccitiello had said upon leaving the company.
Tech Crunch managed to get the company's internal memo, in which executive chairman Larry Probst talks about some of the changes:
"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," Probst says in the memo. "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."
EA is going to declare its financial report on May 7 and the company is said to have very weak earning figures for the duration.
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