No lay-offs at EA

16 April, 2012 - 5:58 pm by

EA have denied a rumour that existed for a brief time this morning concerning the lay off of between 5oo-1,000 jobs; but insists the company is constantly ‘changing and growing.’

It was claimed that struggling sales of Star Wars: The Old Republic and Battlefield 3 were to blame.

“Estimates put Battlefield 3 sales around 13m units,” MCV claimed. “The company ‘chased’ the launch dumping an estimated $30m into incremental marketing after the game launched according to one source within EA.

“The same thing was done for Star Wars to extend its run and try to improve sales. Star Wars sell through is estimated to now be around 3m units, but the subscriptions which are needed for an MMO to payoff are already declining.”

Rumours also suggested that CEO John Riccitiello was under internal pressure to cut costs and sort out his publishing company. Money has been lost recently in an attempt to rival Zynga.

EA has since denied the news and offered this statement: “There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing. At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services.”