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EA: It's In The Game (The Unemployment Line, Specifically)

Yeah, this kind of sucks for a lot of people I know.

Yeah, this kind of sucks for a lot of people I know.

From EA’s earning report:

This action will result in the closure of several facilities and a headcount reduction of approximately 1,500 positions, of which 1,300 are included in a restructuring plan. The majority of these actions will be completed by March 31, 2010. This plan will result in annual cost savings of at least $100 million and restructuring charges of $130 to $150 million.

Which is important, given how they just spent $300 million to buy a Facebook game developer!

The axe is already falling everywhere, with Mythic in particular being gutted. No idea on specific numbers, but unofficial reports have “80 people today, which is about 40% of the company and responsible for 90% of the content”. (Source)

Not a good time to be looking for work. Ahem.