More layoffs are on the way. Downsizing is limited to Meta, Google, and Amazon as Electronic Arts is now looking to cut costs and office space.
We found out via CNBC that EA recently filed a restructuring strategy with the SEC. It would see a reduction of both the company’s workforce and office footprint. The direction EA wants to strive towards was outlined in a Form 8-K filing. The restructuring plan, known more ominously as “The Plan,” includes the following:
“The Plan includes actions driven by portfolio rationalization, including intellectual property impairment charges and headcount reductions impacting approximately 6% of the Company’s workforce, in addition to office space reductions.”
EA expects the required changes and layoffs to be completed by September 30th, 2023. The Plan will cost Electronic Arts between $170M to $200M due to contract cancellations, employee severance payouts, and “intellectual property impairment.”
Andrew Wilson, the Electronic Arts CEO, updated employees via the company’s blog that “We are moving away from projects that do not contribute to our strategy, reviewing our real estate footprint, and restructuring some of our teams.” Whether this means EA is canceling games currently in development or shutting down servers for existing titles is not known.
I’m concerned that Titanfall 2’s servers could be next. It’s one of the few multiplayer games I still play regularly. Unfortunately, this also makes me wonder if EA will attend 2023’s E3 after so many other companies opted out of the event.
Before the announcement of The Plan, EA had shuttered servers for several older titles. Noypigeeks compared the list below:
- Google Stadia versions of FIFA 21, FIFA 22, and FIFA 23
- Google Stadia versions of Madden 21 and Madden 2022
- Mirror’s Edge
- Shank 2
- Gatling Gears
- UFC 2
- FIFA 16
- FIFA 17
- FIFA 18
- FIFA 19
- Medal of Honor 2011
- Medal of Honor: Airborne
- Medal of Honor: Warfighter
- NBA Jam
- Madden 18
- Madden 19
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